Westward Ho! McDonough Voice.com

When Meriwether Lewis and William Clark set out on their historic journey across the Louisiana Territory on May 14, 1804, they traveled by keelboat and by foot.
voice2When Noel Oliver of Colchester sets out on April 1 to retrace the Lewis and Clark expedition, he’ll be traveling by pickup truck — a 2010 Toyota Tacoma.
For Oliver, the means of transportation isn’t as important as sparking students’ interest in history. So he created a blog, www.olivercorpsofdiscovery.info, and contacted a few local school districts, including West Prairie.
During a talk to West Prairie fifth and sixth graders Friday, Oliver said he’s had a lifelong interest in the Lewis and Clark expedition. He grew up in East St. Louis and just across the Mississippi River from Camp River Dubois, where the duo started their journey.
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