National Geographic : 2002 Apr
July 2-5 FOURTH OF JUW CREEK AND . INDEPENDENCE CREEK Lewis and Clark celebrated the nation's 28th birthday by christening two unnamed creeks, now in Kansas. The first was Fourth of July Cre near Atchison; the second, Independence Creek near Doniphan. They fired their cannon at dawn and dusk and poured an extra glass a whiskey for their men. AND OUT OF MISSOURI Few rivers noted by Lewis and Clark have changed as much as the Nishnabotna, which has lost its meandering lower reaches. It now meets the Missouri 17 miles north of the 1804 confluence. Sev eral large islands also have disappeared. In this area the explorers encountered an ocean of grass that extended to the horizon-the Great Plains. June z2-26 FIRE PRAIRIE TO KANSAS RIVER Tormented by mosquitoes and ticks, the group pulled, pushed, and paddled its keelboat and pirogues upstream from the lush Fire Prairie to the Kansas River, seeing numerousdeer along the way. Clark later de scribed the site of present-day Kansas City as a "butifull place for a fort."