You've heard the stories. You've crossed its waters. You've marveled at its size. Now, rise high above the point of departure to experience the panoramic view of the river you've been waiting for at the Lewis & Clark Confluence Tower.
Climb 150 feet above the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri rivers. Feel the same excitement Captains Meriwether Lewis and William Clark must have felt as they began their journey west. See the rivers from a spectacular height above Camp River Dubois and listen to the rippling waters tell a nation's story of adventure, discovery and hope.
The center is located in the northern leg of the Tower. It hosts interactive exhibits, videos, graphic panels and maps for visitors to experience and plan their trip on the Meeting of the Great Rivers National Scenic Byway.
LEVEL ONE (50 FEET)
The first level tells the story of Hartford as an emerging industrial community located along the riverbanks. It tells of the importance of the proximity to the confluence of two great rivers, as well as the many industries that are a part of the village’s history, present and future. The view elaborates on industries throughout Hartford, especially the refineries.
LEVEL TWO (100 FEET)
The second level tells the story of the Meeting of the Great Rivers National Scenic Byway. The vantage point at level two gives you a distant view of the confluence of the Missouri and the Mississippi rivers. Look at pictures of the natural habitats and wildlife along the riverbanks of the Mississippi, Missouri and Illinois rivers. The level also tells the stories of historical communities that have developed in and around the rivers that line the byway and helps the visitor locate interest points to experience along the route. The view from level two gives the first glimpse of faraway communities and landmarks that can be seen from the Tower.
LEVEL THREE (150 FEET)
This tower was built at this location for a special reason. The viewing platforms give modern day travelers a stunning panorama that begins with the confluence of the Missouri and the Mississippi rivers. The Tower celebrates the place where Lewis and Clark launched their expedition west in 1804. No matter which way you look, the Mississippi River Basin fans out in all directions. The land to the east features industrial development of the Village of Hartford. Downstream, the Mississippi flows swiftly toward St. Louis, Missouri. Upstream are historic river communities and the point where the Illinois River meets the Mississippi. The view on the third level spans from downtown St. Louis and the Gateway Arch, 19 miles south, to the Clark Bridge in Alton and further north.