Lewis and Clark National Trail expansion celebrated in Clarksville

Clarksville celebrates Lewis and Clark Trail expansion through southern Indiana

CLARKSVILLE, Ind. (WAVE) - The Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail has been extended over 1,000 miles, now spanning across southern Indiana.

The expansion starts in Pittsburgh and goes to St. Louis, where the trail initially started, leading to the pacific northwest. That expansion was celebrated in Clarksville Monday where historians say Meriwether Lewis and William Clark met for the first time.

The project took a bipartisan effort from across the aisle, and quite frankly, across the river.

"Now the Lewis and Clark Trail spans the entire southern border of Indiana," Indiana Sen. Todd Young said, "but no one spot is more significant than right here at the Falls of the Ohio."

Young's Eastern Legacy Extension Act passed with ease, extending the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail.

"It's one of the highlights of my first week in congress to do something productive in congress instead of all the end-fighting you see on whatever you watch," Sen. Greg Pence said.

Captain William Clark's bloodline was represented Monday as his great great great grandson found his way to town.

"It's not just marking the Lewis and Clark Trial that the Eastern Legacy is about," Bud Clark said, "but rather it serves as a catalyst for the communities to recognize their own local history."

Although they couldn’t make the ceremony, Congressman John Yarmuth and U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell provided remarks about the big day.

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