Lewis and Clark Monument Park overlook 3

Posted by
karla (Omaha, United States) on 1 November 2011 in Lifestyle & Culture.

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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DULCIE from Danville, CA, United States

A fine shot...you captured the monument, but also the far reaches of the distant countryside. Lovely !

1 Nov 2011 5:47am

@DULCIE: The monument, the overlook, the distance, the people, the flag,the landscaping, everything! I have a tendency to want to put it all into one frame! The only thing I did not get into this shot were some parked motorcycles and the restrooms (which are as attractively built as the monument/overlook itself. :)

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Strange how an image can sometimes capture more than we expect the camera to see . . there is a 'being there' strength to this stretching from the nearest leave way to the far horizon.

1 Nov 2011 8:38am

@Ronnie 2¢: And this was not even a panorama! ;) Thanks for stopping by! I hope you are enjoying your time off from your blog.

Laur from Clermont-Ferrand, France

Bien capturé ce monument !

1 Nov 2011 1:07pm

@Laur: Merci, Laur! Merci pour votre commentaire.

klausZ from Kufstein, Austria

Hi Karla, great atmosphere! You in the states have a really divergent opinion how to present a memorial monument, than i know from Austria! You point out your patriotism and this is really a big sign for me, for your self-confidence you have! I´m not critical about that, quite the converse, I think this is one of the "secrets of your mentality! great one! thanks for sharing!

1 Nov 2011 1:34pm

@klausZ: Klaus, thanks for your visit and thoughtful comment. Does this mean that Austria does not usually fly the flag? We do have a lot of parks that have the flag. I was rather surprised to see it at this monument. I must say, we are rather proud of that flag. Fortunately we can be both proud and able to voice our opinions for good or bad about the government that is symbolized by the flag. ;) WE also have a flag day on June 14, and a lot of people put a small flag on their house. This was more commonly done years ago. So, does Austria not have the flag flying at a lot of places?

Don from Spokane, United States

Nice shot of this interesting monument and the surrounding area. Looks like a very good place to visit.

1 Nov 2011 2:06pm

@Don: It is a good spot, Don, for several reasons including the fantastic view.

Rick from Toronto, Canada

A fine image of this place, and very informative text.

1 Nov 2011 2:47pm

@Rick: Thanks, Rick. I am learning, too, as I go, reviewing the history as well. Thanks for your visit!

BrigitteG from Sydney, Australia

fantastic shot ! love the compo !!

2 Nov 2011 8:35pm

@BrigitteG: Thanks!! Thanks for stopping by and leaving your comment. Nice to know when/why/what people find interesting. :)

Anina Botes from Auckland, New Zealand

Thank you for the information. Wonderful tones and composition

2 Nov 2011 11:22pm

@Anina Botes: Thanks, Anina! I'm looking at your celebrative images. Congratulations to New Zealand!!

Julie L. Brown from Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

Interesting info! I would like to sit there and just look out over the river.

18 Nov 2011 10:46am

@Julie L. Brown: The overlook is very peaceful, at least the times when I was there.