Re-exploring the Past with Lewis and Clark

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Big Bone Lick Part of Lewis and Clark Legacy

Boone County sees dollars in celebration of explorers

Cincinnati Business Courier - May 30, 2003
by Karen Meiman

Courier Contributor

In 1803, Thomas Jefferson believed digging into Big Bone Lick in Boone County would unearth a young America's ancient roots — proof that mastodons once roamed the area.

He was right.

Now, 200 years later, tourism experts, preservationists and local business owners believe revisiting Big Bone's story will not only enlighten tourists of the area's rich past, but also will pump valuable dollars into Northern Kentucky this year and for years to come.

Big Bone Lick State Park, located on Ky. 338 near Union, is one of only four Lewis and Clark heritage trail sites east of the Mississippi River. The area became internationally known in 1729 after a French commander sent bones to France's King Louis XV. In 1765, more specimens were examined by Benjamin Franklin.

But the visit of Meriwether Lewis in October 1803 will draw tourists to the area this fall. Lewis collected samples at Big Bone before meeting fellow captain William Clark at the Falls of the Ohio near Louisville Oct. 14, 1803, and launching — with nine young men from Kentucky — the famous Lewis and Clark Corps of Discovery expedition. During the next three years, a volunteer-based Corps of Discovery 11 will retrace the route to the Pacific. Countless celebrations are planned, and the economic effect of those events is expected to be far-reaching in the communities where they are held.

"It is estimated that 10 percent of the American population (of nearly 280 million) will participate in a Lewis and Clark activity in the next three years," said Carole Summers, the cultural heritage tourism manager with the Kentucky Department of Travel.

"If Kentucky could even get 1 percent of that number (2.8 million), it would be a significant visitation to the state," Summers said.

Big Bone Lick Discovery Days at the state park and nearby Big Bone Landing Marina from Oct. 4-7 is being hailed as Northern Kentucky's signature event, while a national signature event "Falls of the Ohio Lewis and Clark Commemoration" will be held in Louisville and Clarksville, Ind., on Oct. 14-16.

"Big Bone Lick State Park is one of only two designated sites in Kentucky on the National Park Service's Lewis and Clark Trail," Summers said. "That is an amazing story to tell and a wonderful opportunity to share this region of Kentucky with new travelers to the area."

"It is always our hope that when tourists come in for a big event, they continue to learn about the area. When the national spotlight shines on Big Bone, hopefully these tourists will take a trip to Paris or Bourbon County, for example. They will stay the night, and that will be tax dollars coming into our state," Summers said.

"We can only think that this will help," said Diane Mason, Boone County extension agent, who aids small-business owners as part of the extension's economic development services.

Tourism is the commonwealth's third-largest industry and second-largest employer.

A study released earlier this year by the Northern Kentucky Convention and Visitors Bureau showed fewer people traveled in 2002 than 2000, but Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati were still ranked the No. 1 leisure destination for Lexington, Louisville and Columbus.

The study also revealed that last year visitors to Boone, Kenton and Campbell counties pumped $219 million of indirect spending into the economy, and more people were checking into Northern Kentucky hotels rather than staying in Cincinnati.

Matt Becher, Boone County rural/open space planner, is hoping Lewis and Clark can help some of the county's off-the-beaten-path businesses.

For many months, Becher has been working on a heritage trail map that highlights the historical gems — parks, farmers' markets, historic churches, marinas — that might pique the interest of tourists. The map — still in the draft stages — also lists out-of-the-way independently owned restaurants, such as Joanne's, a local eatery known for its pastries, and Mr. Herb's, known for its fish.

He also wants to place the map on a heritage Web site,

"Quite literally, we are hoping this will put some of these places on the map," said Becher. "I don't think McDonald's needs our help."

Although the heritage map was planned as a separate project, Becher believes it goes hand in hand with activities that will revolve around the Lewis and Clark festivities.

In 2005, the 250th anniversary of Mary Ingles' escape from Shawnee Indians will be celebrated, and 2007 marks the bicentennial of William Clark's excavation of hundreds of bones at Big Bone.

"Boone County is 90,000 and growing, and I doubt one in 100 know much about Boone's heritage," Becher said. "Northern Kentucky has a lot of natural beauty that not only tourists can discover, but local people can rediscover. There are a lot of tucked-away places out there."

Copyright © The Cincinnati Business Courier.

Lewis and Clark Exhibit

Daily Dunklin Democrat : Lewis and Clark exhibit starts Sunday

$14 Million Drive Planned to Mark the Bicentennial

of The Gazette Staff

Millions of visitors may journey to Montana in the next three years to soak up a little of the Lewis and Clark adventure.

And the Montana Lewis and Clark Legacy Campaign wants to make sure that their experience and that of their Montana hosts will make a powerful impression.

The campaign's steering committee held its first meeting Thursday in Billings to make plans for raising $14 million to commemorate the bicentennial of the heroic journey west.

"Montana has always been at the forefront of planing,"

Clint Blackwood, executive director of the Montana Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Commission, told the group assembled in a conference room at First Interstate Bank.

Nineteen states from coast to coast plan to be part of the celebration that kicks off Jan. 18 at Monticello, President Thomas Jefferson's home in Virginia. But only one other state has launched a fund-raising campaign, Blackwood said.

After introducing committee members to one another and a short presentation by Blackwood, members met in closed session to discuss donors and potential donors.

The campaign was put together by five partners - the Montana Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Commission, the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center Foundation, Pompeys Pillar Historical Association, Travelers' Rest Preservation and Heritage Association and the Montana Historical Society.

Plans for spending the $14 million include projects destined to become part of Montana's heritage. About $7.5 million would be allocated to projects proposed by the Bicentennial Commission. They include a statewide interpretive sign program ($500,000); American Indian heritage program ($1.25 million); hosting the National Park Service's "Corps of Discovery II" traveling interpretive park at 19 Montana locations, and a grant distribution program ($3.5 million).

The $7.5 million would also include $2 million in funding for two special projects - "Explore the Big Sky," featuring the Great Falls and Fort Benton areas in the summer of 2005, and "Clark on the Yellowstone," that will involve major events in the Billings area in 2006.

Those two Montana celebrations are among only 15 events designated by the National Council of the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial as "national signature events."

Other financial goals of the Legacy Campaign include $3 million for the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center in Great Falls. The money will create an endowment for the center, as well as provide money for capital improvements.

The campaign also wants to raise $2 million to help pay for a new interpretive center at Pompeys Pillar and to help cover the costs of interpretive and educational staff and materials.

Another $1 million will be dedicated to the Travelers' Rest Preservation and Heritage Association for site improvements, park development, interpretive and educational staff, materials and a multimedia outreach program.

Finally, another $500,000 has been earmarked for the Montana Historical Society for development of a major Lewis and Clark exhibit called "Neither Empty Nor Unknown: Montana at the Time of Lewis and Clark."

"Montana has the distinction of having almost one-fourth of the trail, about 2,000 miles of the entire route" Blackwood said. "They spent more time here than anywhere else."

He said that 36 of Montana's 56 counties contain part of the trail or are next to it. More than 100 communities were touched in some way by the expedition. Many of those communities are planning to celebrate the bicentennial during the next three years, he said.

The Bicentennial Commission wants to act as a clearinghouse and coordinator for commemorations across the state. The commission is working with 14 regional commissions in Montana as well as the state's Indian tribes, he said.

While many tribes may not see a reason to celebrate, they view it as an opportunity to educate and showcase their culture, Blackwood said.

Honorary co-chairs of the Legacy Campaign are filmmaker Ken Burns and the late historian Stephen Ambrose, who agreed to accept the chairmanship before his death in October.

Campaign chairman is Thomas W. Scott, CEO of First Interstate Bank and First Interstate BancSystems Inc.; former Montana first lady Betty Babcock; John G. Connors, senior vice president and chief financial officer of Microsoft Corp.; Ian B. Davidson, chairman of the Davidson Cos.; University of Montana President George M. Dennison; Montana State University President Geoff Gamble; Billings Gazette Publisher Michael R. Gulledge; Darrell R. Kipp, director of the Piegan Institute; John L. Olson, president and CEO of Blue Rock Cos.; and Stephenie Ambrose Tubbs, Lewis and Clark scholar and daughter of the late Stephen Ambrose.

Copyright © The Billings Gazette, a division of Lee Enterprises.

200 Years After the Lewis and Clark Expedition

Associated Press

ON THE MISSOURI RIVER - With sunset light gleaming on his paddle, the young man in the old-fashioned military uniform pushes the canoe against a current as determined as the passing of time.


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