Fort Osage: June 23, 1804

On June 23, 1804, the expedition passed a spot along the Missouri that overlooked the river's bends and currents for some distance in either direction. To Clark, it seemed a strategically ideal site for a fort. Four years later, in 1808, Clark returned with 80 men and oversaw the construction of Fort Osage, named for the neighboring Osage tribe. The Fort served as an outpost for the military, a major trading post, and a staging point for settlers venturing westward until 1827.

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