• photo of a replica keelboat with a crew member on the bow at sunset

    Lewis & Clark

    National Historic Trail ID,IL,IA,KS,MO,MT,NE,ND,OR,SD,WA

Little Known Facts Archives

Little Known Facts by Dr. Carl H. Camp are published quarterly in The Trail Companion, the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail's newsletter and in the History and Culture section of the website.

Looking for previously published Little Known Facts? You can find them here in the archives:

Little Known Fact #1

Little Known Fact #2

Little Known Fact #3

Little Known Fact #4

Little Known Fact #5: Meriwhether Lewis's Not So Secret Mission

Little Known Fact #6: Captain Lewis's Dilemma

Did You Know?

Pressed plant from Expedition, now at the Academy of Natural Sciences

The Corps of Discovery didn’t discover anything. Everything the Corps reported on- plants, animals, landforms - had been known to and used by American Indian tribes for generations. The Corps were, however, the first to record these items for science.