The monument at the overlook commemorates the August 1804 meeting of Lewis and Clark with the Otoe and Missouria tribe representatives. Coincidentally, the summery day we were there was Aug. 7. The meeting was the first of many councils with Native Americans on the long journey of exploration and this is how Council Bluffs got its name. Learn more about these two tribes at http://www.omtribe.org/index.php?culture-history. Lewis and Clark were the explorers who led a corps of men across the continent--and back again--in 1804-1806. The Missouri River, by the way, is the longest river in the US at 2,540 miles long. Maybe you all knew that? I thought it was the Mississippi. The name Nebraska is derived from two words of the Otoe-Missouri language meaning "water flat". This refers to the Platte River, a river that flows slowly, broadly and shallowly across Nebraska before emptying into the Missouri River at Plattsmouth, NE (about 20 miles south of Omaha/Council Bluffs).
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