Cover

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Title Page, Copyright Page

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Contents

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p. vii

Illustrations

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pp. ix-x

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Preface

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pp. xi-xiii

This book grew out of my fascination with both Lewis and Clark and the history of automobile tourism in the West. The now famous Lewis and Clark trail markers that began to appear along two-lane highways in the late 1960s seem...

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Introduction

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pp. 1-13

The official opening of the national Lewis and Clark Bicentennial in January 2003 ushered in nearly four years of commemorative events and activities that dwarfed all earlier attempts to recognize the expedition’s historical significance...

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1: Monuments

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pp. 15-40

On June 1, 1905, President Theodore Roosevelt tapped a telegraph key in Washington, D.C., to officially signal the opening of Portland, Oregon’s, Lewis and Clark Centennial and American Pacific Exposition and Oriental Fair...

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2: Tracing the Route

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pp. 41-75

As described in Chapter 1, monuments and statues—once the traditional means of commemorating individuals idolized by the public—were eventually erected to honor William Clark and Meriwether Lewis. But the fascination that cast its spell...

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3: The New Explorers

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pp. 77-105

As Chapter 2 indicates, most of Lewis and Clark’s path from St. Louis to the Pacific Ocean and back follows, crosses, or closely parallels the highway system that developed during the 1920s and 1930s. Easy automobile...

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4: The 1955 Sesquicentennial

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pp. 107-127

What I have termed the “standard model” of understanding Lewis and Clark—glorifying the explorers as forerunners of civilization—informs the array of celebrations that marked the 150th anniversary...

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5: The National Commission

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pp. 129-157

Public opinion had begun to swing in favor of preserving wilderness and cleaning up parklands by the time John F. Kennedy became president. A new vision of “wilderness” as something human beings would define...

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6: Commemoration and Authenticity on the Trail

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pp. 159-168

Even before the U.S. Congress officially added the Lewis and Clark trail to the National Scenic Trail system, interest in the history of the expedition was heightened by the nation’s bicentennial, celebrated in 1976. Within a few years...

Notes

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pp. 169-187

Bibliography

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pp. 189-200

Index

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pp. 201-229