Climb 50, 100 and 150 feet above the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri rivers and look down on their waters and the story where two explorers began their journey westward. From the three levels, vantage points give way to communities, history and stories of life along the riverbanks.
What began as a grassroots citizens group looking to commemorate the bicentennial celebration of the Lewis & Clark Expedition, now stands a structure that honors the place where men courageously set out west to discover the nation's prosperous lands centuries ago. Designed by KAI of St. Louis, Missouri, the Village of Hartford procured the tower site and hosted the ground breaking ceremony on November 1, 2002. From 2002 through 2010, fundraising and construction phases took mount, with a planned opening on May 14, 2010 to honor the famed departure. The summer of 2010 will host the inaugural season of the Lewis & Clark Confluence Tower, marking the 206th anniversary of the point of departure at Camp River Dubois.