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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.

Sunday, July 10, 2005

Visiting La Charrette Today

La Charrette Village faded from existance around 1830 but we may still return and experience its fasinating frontier adventures at historic Marthasville, Missouri, a rural village of about 800 souls, and still growing. Marthasville was established within a mile of and only 16 years after La Charrette was founded. Marthasville welcomes visitors at http://marthasvillemo.com/lewisandclark.html providing many opprtunities to their guests. Notice the bousillage (vertical log) construction project (above) to create a La Charrette village cabin to support Lewis and Clark, Zebulon Pike, and related celebrations with a bit of living history. Marthasville Chamber of Commerce Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Committe members Ralph Bakameyer and Clyde Sprick are show in Marthasville Park where the cabin may be seen today (Photo from the Marthasville Record.) Constructing the unusual cabin proved to be a challenge, but their results are impressive.

I suggest hiking or biking across old La Charrette farms on the Katy Trail at http://www.bikekatytrail.com/site.asp?sid=58 or visiting Daniel Boone's Monument http://www.mpcps.org/boone/cems/boone/bryan.shtml Be certain to spend the night at local bed and breakfast inns like Rita and Jerry Hoelscher's Little House at http://www.bbim.org/littlehouse.html or The Inn at Cinagro Farms at http://www.bbim.org/Cinagro.html and while in Dutzow enjoy a glass or two of La Charrette wine at Blumenhof Vineyards. And that's just a sample of what's available!


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