Historic Fort Steuben and the City of Steubenville were presented with three Lewis and Clark Trail – Auto Tour Route signs on Tuesday, June 22 at 10 am by Jim Mallory, Vice Chairman of the Lewis and Clark Trust, Inc.
“These signs were developed for promotion of tourism and as a reminder that Steubenville and Historic Fort Steuben are on the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail, under the auspices of the National Park Service,” Mallory explained. “We sincerely hope the signs will serve as a reminder that the LCNHT is a partner in all deliberations relating to the Trail and preservation of the Lewis and Clark story in Steubenville.”
Mallory also noted that Fort Steuben is a Lewis and Clark Historic Site recorded in the Lewis Journal (Quaife, Milo, “The Journal of Captain Meriwether Lewis and Sergeant John Ordway”, state Historical Society of Wisconsin, 1916, page 9)
Historic Fort Steuben Director Judy Bratten said that it was wonderful to be part of such an amazing and historical program. “We can’t really appreciate all the work that went into that journey over 200 years ago, all the preparations that were made, all the important discoveries and insights that were documented without exploring the trail ourselves. We at the Fort are privileged to be able to make this history available to everyone doing the Auto Tour.”
“We consistently have visitors coming to Steubenville and the Fort to learn about the exploits of Lewis and Clark,” said Mayor Jerry Barilla. “We had a couple from Scotland who fly into the United States every year, rent a car, and travel portions of the trail. Not only is the trail an important part of our country’s history but it also generates an economic impact for our city.”
The Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail winds nearly 4,900 miles through the homelands of more than 60 Tribal nations. It follows the historic outbound and inbound routes of the Lewis and Clark Expedition of 1803-1806 from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to the Pacific Ocean. Travelers can follow the trail to find the people, places, and stories that make up the complex legacy of the expedition.
Historic Fort Steuben is located at 120 S. 3rd Street in Steubenville. For more information on programs at the Fort go to www.oldfortsteuben.com and for the trail go to Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail (U.S. National Park Service) (nps.gov).