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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 03, 2005

Where was La Charrette?

Life for La Charrette Village was short (1801~1830), thus it doesn't appear on today's maps. Only namesakes Charrette Creek and Charrette Township of southern Warren County, Missouri remain as landmarks. But its river landing continued to serve the Missouri Frontier into the 20th Century, then renamed Marthasville Landing. Nearby Marthasville, initiated in 1817, was an early contemporary of La Charrette Village. The precise coordinates, topography, a site map, even the local weather conditions for this historic multiethnic village are shown at
http://www.fallingrain.com/world/US/29/Charrette_historical.html If only the early explorers passing there had been so lucky!

The 2004 article, at the title link, published in the Illinois State Historical Society journal by Hasting states that La Charrette was 45 linear miles from St. Louis when Louis and Clark had hoped to camp, train and spend the winter of 1804 there...probably at the behest of President Jefferson as he had read about Chorette's Creek in the 1795 journals of part-time fur trader Jean Baptiste Trudeau. By September 20, 1806 Corps of Discovery members were returning La Charrette Village as recorded at http://lewisandclarktrail.com/section1/mocities/St.Charles/1806history1.htm

To investigate further take a virtual field trip with Lewis and Clark reenactors to La Charrette at http://ali.apple.com/ali_sites/ali/exhibits/1001381/Week_2.html or see Missouri Ghost Town Books http://www.ghosttowns.com/states/mo/mobooks.html to acquire a copy. Alternatively, browse La Charrette on-line at
http://books.iuniverse.com/viewbooks.asp?isbn=0595275389&page=fm1 or read the romantic novel "Avenging Angel"staged at La Charrette by Rosina LaFata at http://www.wings-press.com/excerpts/Avenging%20Angel.htm


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