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Lewis & Clark Statue

History of the Lewis & Clark Monument

  • In January 1993 at the St. Charles Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Banquet an idea was re-intorduced by Leo Bahr for the St. Charles Community to join forces in the Commissioning of a Lewis and Clark Statue.
  • In April 1993 the first Steering Committee meeting was held. The purpose was to begin planning for the commissioning of a historically accurate monument. This would depict Captain Meriweather Lewis and Captian William Clark and Lewis's Newfoundland dog, Seaman.
  • In May 1993 the second Steering Committee meeting was held. The purpose of the second meeting was to look at various possible locations in the Historic District where the monument could be located.
  • The site of the triangular flower bed in Frontier Park was selected at the third Steering Committee meeting in June 1993. The Steering Committee also planned the process of solicitation of artists and sculptors. The original plan was to solicit offers from artists and sculptors throughout the United States by early October 1993. Due to the Great Flood of 1993, the process was postponed until November. The expressions of interest were due back to the Steering Committee by January 14, 1994.
  • A fourth Steering Committee meeting was held in January 1994, and the committee had received about 20 expressions of interest. This was narrowed down to seven. The artists/sculptors were asked to submit a prototype for the monument and cost estimates and time lines for the project completion.
  • Two finalists were selected and asked to submit prototype examples of their proposed work. This was done and unveiled at The Lewis & Clark Rendezvous on May 21-24, 1994. The reception of the idea was well received and Pat Kennedy was the overwhelming choice of the citizens' imput.
  • St. Charles Park Foundation Board President and Steering Committee member, Fred J. Wahl, kicked off a fundraising campaign to raise and estimated $490,000 for the Lewis & Clark Monument.
  • On November 16, 2001 the artist, Pat Kennedy was commissioned via Boody Fine Arts by contract to begin work on the 15 foot Lewis and Clark Monument. The design work for the construction of the base began in June 2002 by Loomis & Associates.
  • In November 2002, Lewis & Clark and their dog, Seaman, arrived in St. Charles. It was stored until construction of its permanent home was finished.
  • Construction of the raised area for the statue began in March 2003. The installation of the statue was completed in early April 2003.
  • The dedication ceremony for the Lewis & Clark monument was on May 18, 2003.