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Eastern Legacy

We support the Eastern Legacy project!

The Eastern Legacy project would extend the boundaries of the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail to include the historic corridors traveled on behalf of the expedition before and after their St. Louis departure in 1804 and arrival in 1806. If enacted, the dates of the expedition would expand to 1803—1813 and include the states of Pennsylvannia, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Arkansas, Mississippi, and Indiana.

National Park Service
Eastern Legacy Special Resource Study

The US Congress has directed the National Park Service to conduct a resource study to assess the suitability and feasibility of adding Eastern Legacy sites.  The existing Trail extends west from Wood River, Illinois for approximately 3,700 miles to the mouth of the Columbia River. The Eastern Legacy study area includes additional sites and overland routes followed by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, whether independently or together, prior to and following the 1804-1806 expedition.

We encourage you to learn more and get involved
by exploring these National Park Service links: