For immediate release July 19, 2010
Contact: Jeff Morgan, Jeff.Morgan@iowa.gov, (515) 281-3858
Event commemorates Corps of Discovery visit to Council Bluffs in 1804
(COUNCIL BLUFFS) – The Western Historic Trails Center will host its annual Lewis & Clark White Catfish Camp this week to commemorate the Corps of Discovery explorers who made camp near Council Bluffs during their historic journey up the Missouri River in 1804.
The event is 9 a.m.-5 p.m. July 24-25, 2010, at the Western Historic Trails Center, 3434 Richard Downing Avenue in Council Bluffs. Admission is free and open to the public. Call 712-366-4900 for a complete schedule.
Attendees will enjoy a variety of activities, including period re-enactors, speakers, educational opportunities and more. Butch Bouvier of Onawa will offer free rides on his three-quarter scale replica keelboat – the image for which was used on the commemorative Lewis & Clark bicentennial coin.
White Catfish Camp has its roots in July 1804 when Lewis and Clark’s Corps of Discovery made camp near present-day Council Bluffs. The five-day stop was an opportunity to repair equipment and make astronomical observations. On July 24, 1804, one of the explorers, Silas Goodrich, caught an albino catfish, giving the camp its name.
The State Historical Society of Iowa is a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, and is a trustee of Iowa's historical legacy and an advocate for understanding Iowa's past. It identifies, records, collects, preserves, manages and provides access to Iowa's historical resources. Its dual mission of preservation and education serves Iowans of all ages, conducts and stimulates research, disseminates information, and encourages and supports historical preservation and education efforts of others throughout the state. Visit www.iowahistory.org or call 515-281-5111 for more information.