• 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?

Columbia River

Jefferson sent the Corps of Discovery to find the "most direct & practicable water communication across [the] continent." Although the Corps did not find the water route Jefferson had hoped for, they did explore 4 major rivers: the Missouri, the Columbia, the Snake, and the Yellowstone.