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Plans made for return of Lewis & Clark boat

September 26, 2018

Shirley Enos of Bellevue and Butch Bouvier from Council Bluffs, Iowa, are Lewis and Clark enthusiasts.

They will provide an opportunity to step back to the year 1806 when they will be in their 42-foot, white pirogue along the banks of the Missouri River from Sunday, Sept. 30, to Saturday, Oct. 6.

Called “The Triumphant Return of the White Pirogue II,” each stop will last about an hour.

The replica craft is a historically accurate copy of an 1804 flat-bottomed work and cargo boat of that era. It was built by Lewis & Clark boat historian Butch Bouvier.

It is of the style he and many other historians believe the famous explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark used during their expedition to explore the western part of what is now the United States. They returned down the Missouri River in the fall of 1806. It was the only boat that started the expedition with them.

All of the programs are free. It should be noted that the tour will be dealing with two unpredictable forces: the river and the weather. They will make every effort possible to get the boat to the program sites on time but in some instances, this may be out of their control.

Where approved by city officials and park rangers, a cannon will be fired at each arrival and departure.

Here is the tentative tour schedule for Northeast and North Central Nebraska:

Monday, Oct. 1 — Sunshine Bottom near Lynch, 10:30 a.m.; Verdel Landing, 2:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 2 — Crofton, city park, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 6 — Ponca State Park, 10 a.m, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

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