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La Charrette Village

Interested in what Lewis & Clark, Daniel Boone, Zebulon Pike, John Colter, President Jefferson and other notables thought about America's newly acquired westernmost village? Enjoy the west...before it became distorted by TV, movies and novels.

Location: Port Aransas, Texas, United States

A retired professor of Food and Animal Science at Texas A&M University, The University of Connecticut and Texas Tech. A cowboy in my previous life...never thought about being a professor or an author.

Saturday, July 23, 2005

...199 Years Later

As Zebulon Pike and his expedition crew were approaching La Charrette Village on July 20th, 1806, I was 'clogging' up Pike's Peak 199 years later. The title link tells more of Zebulon Pike and the cog railway that I rode to the summit he never attained...Where later "America the Beautiful" was inspired. Pike spent 3 eventful days at Village Charrette from July 21-23, 1806. More about the peak of Pike's Peak is offered at http://community.webshots.com/photo/177475462/177481048TDbbPd

In September 2004 I visited Fort Clatsop 199 years after the winter 0f 1805-06 when Lewis and Clark were there with other Corps of Discovery members. See today's rendition of their hastily constructed fort at http://www.oldoregon.com/Pages/fortclatsop.htm This time Wendy and I were enjoying a cruise down the west coast to our Astoria, Oregon port-of-call. We were part of a tour bus full of other Lewis & Clark enthusiasts as I explained about there departing La Charrette Village in May of 1804 and returning September 20, 1806 to first celebrate their accomplishments. Dancing, drinking, feasting and story-telling on the Missouri at Charrette Creek.

As Zebulon Pike was approaching La Charrette 199 years ago, Lewis and Clark were at Spring Creek in present-day Cass County, Nebraska. John Colter, Sacagawea, Chabonneau and "Little" Baptiste had already left the expedition by now. The others were happily headed downriver to celebrate at La Charrette Village.

Join in the celebrations... greet these two wonderous expeditions at La Charrette next summer to celebrate 200 years of adventures. September 20th is the 2006 date for celebrations at nearby Marthasville. Mark your calendar now... the details soon will be announced.


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