American Locations 1

The trip is from Lewis & Clark Monument, Illinois, to Kickapoo State Park, Illinois, by way of the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, Arizona

Lewis & Clark Monument, Illinois

I and my wife began this camping trip by heading northwest up I-74 out of Cincinnati, Ohio, into Indiana. At Indianapolis we turned west on I-70. The Interstate became extremely rough through western Indiana. We were happy to cross over into Illinois, and much smoother pavement.

This leg of the trip remained uneventful until we reached Effington, Illinois, where I-70 crosses I-57. There is a huge cross erected there. I found these images online:

This was an impressive sight, but we continued without stopping. We had just begun our journey and didn’t want to get sidetracked so early.

We continued west on I-70 until nearly all the way to the Mississippi River. We exited the Interstate onto Rte. 3, also known as Lewis and Clark Blvd., and headed north. Our first stop was at a replica of the fort Lewis and Clark constructed. It was on the actual site where the actual fort had been built. It was from this location Lewis and Clark launched their historic overland expedition to the Pacific coast in 1803.

We continued north on Rte. 3 to the Confluence Tower. This monument is located on the Mississippi River across from the mouth of the Missouri River. Lewis and Clark began their expedition by heading west from here across the Mississippi and canoeing up the Missouri.

Unfortunately, the tower was closed and we couldn’t ascend to the top. The view would have been great. Instead, we continued  north.

Next Location – Pare Marquette State Park, Illinois

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