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Lewis & Clark Homecoming

As the saying goes, “There’s no place like home.” In the Fall of 2006 Kentuckiana celebrated the 200th anniversary of a very special homecoming — the 1806 return of Lewis and Clark from their historic expedition.

The expedition was led by Captain Meriwether Lewis and Captain William Clark, younger brother of Louisville founder George Rogers Clark. The Encyclopedia of Louisville calls them “one of the most famous duos in American history.”

Lewis joined up with Clark in Louisville on August 31, 1803, and they departed from Clarksville, Indiana, on October 26 - traveling more than 600 miles down the Ohio River to meet up with their Corps of Discovery to begin exploring America’s newly acquired western territory.

Three years and thousands of miles later, they returned to Louisville on November 5, 1806. Three days later, they stopped in at Locust Grove, home of Clark’s sister and brother-in-law. The family celebrated the captains’ return with a party at the estate, making Locust Grove the only known surviving Lewis-and-Clark-related structure west of the Appalachians.

Program 105
The Muhammad Ali Center, Hall of Fame jockey Pat Day, the Festival of Faiths, Louisville historian Tom Owen, and the Lewis & Clark Homecoming. (#105)