The Lewis and Clark Expedition

Although the original Fort Steuben was gone by the time President Thomas Jefferson organized the expedition to explore the western territory of the United States, the town of Steubenville was already growing and thriving. As Meriwether Lewis traveled from Pittsburgh sown the Ohio River with supplies to meet William Clark in Kentucky, he and his crew often struggled with problems due to the shallowness of the river and the riffles or sand bars that hampered navigation.

September 6, 1803, Lewis recorded in his journal that they had reached Steubenville. They managed to hoist the sail and run two miles before the wind became too strong and they were forced to furl the sails. Striking a riffle, Lewis was “obliged again” to hire a team of oxen to pull them down river where they camped about a mile and a half downstream. A USGS Lewis and Clark geodetic marker at Historic Fort Steuben commemorates their adventures here. GPS: 40°21’31” N - 80°36’49” W

Information and interpretive panels on the famous expedition are on display in the Visitor Center.

Interested in following the eastern heritage trail yourself? Click Lewis & Clark Eastern Legacy Trail for a pdf of the Legacy Trail.