Lewis and Clark monument approved

Friday, July 12, 2002

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Top state officials have given the go-ahead for a Lewis and Clark monument to be built on the Missouri Capitol grounds in time for the 2004 bicentennial celebration of their exploration.

An artist's rendition displayed Thursday for the state Board of Public Buildings depicted a rock bluff and a pool of water representing the Missouri River.

The privately funded monument also would have bronze statues of Meriwether Lewis; William Clark; Clark's slave, York; and Lewis' Newfoundland dog, Seaman.

If money is available, bronze statutes also would depict George Shannon, who at age 19 was the youngest person on the journey, and George Drouillard, an interpreter and hunter who was part Shawnee and part French Canadian.

The monument is to be built on part of a grassy lot between the Capitol and Governor's Mansion.

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