Lewis & Clark Left Mark on Montana
BIG SKY LIFE Lewis & Clark left their mark With the bicentennial of their 1 SOS-OS expedition approaching, the duos moniker seems to be everywhere m.;,""' ' 111 ! i"---1 " 1 : ATEUR EOWLERS TOUH ' C iyvte"W MAS''S' By Nic holas K: Gi ramos of The Associated Press TT EWISTON, Idaho Sure I they blazed the trail from JJ St. Louis to the Pacific, but the real legacy of the Lewis and Clark expedition is more obvious. Their names are everywhere. One can hardly escape the intrepid explorers, especially in the ' West; There are Lewis and Clark schools, motels, restaurants, pawn shops and counties. There is Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho. There is Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Ore., attended by Monica Lewinsky. There's Lewiston, Idaho, just across the Snake River from rinrksfnn Wash in thp T.Awi- Clark Valley, where the explorers visited with the Nez Perce Indians. Now, with the bicentennial of their 1803-06 expedition approaching, Lewis and Clark are hotter than Mulder and Scully. There was a best-selling book, "Undaunted Courage" by Stephen Ambrose, and a PBS television documentary by Ken Burns. "There's a tremendous burst of national interest and enthusi- THE CREST OF Lewis and Clark High School in Spokane, Wash., is flanked by the explorers, Lewis and Clark. asm for anything related to the expedition," said Donald Peterson of the Lewis & Clark Trail Heritage Foundation Inc. in Great Falls. Peterson got so many requests for information that he has just launched Lewis and Clark Services, to do tours, . speaking engagements and consulting about the explorers. Retailers are already picking up on the fact that links to Lewis and Clark are good for business. Lewis and Clark Trail Adventures in Missoula specializes in taking hikers, canoeists and bicyclists along portions of the Lewis and Clark Trail in Idaho and Montana, owner Wayne Fairchild said. "I saw it coming 10 or IS years ago," Fairchild said of the upswing in interest about the explorers. "A lot of people are jumping on the bandwagon now." . M; "eriwether Lewis and William Clark led the -Corps of Discovery, a military expedition to explore the lands acquired by President Thomas Jefferson in the' Louisiana Purchase. They traveled by boat, foot and horse up ' the Missouri River, across the Rocky Mountains and down the Columbia River to the Pacific Ocean. ' F" 6 INFORMATION CALL 7- J - SCOTT SCHIMMING follows through on a toss of his ball as a mural of explorers Meriwether Lewis, William Clark and their American Indian guide Sacagawea stands over the alley of the Lewis and Clark Lanes in Sea-Tac, Wash. . . So Lewis and Clark became heroes their names a symbol of the intrepid American spirit. And in the spirit of American free enterprise, businesses are using those names no matter how thin the connection to that long-ago venture. An Associated Press search of a national telephone database found, for instance, Lewis and Clark Unlimited in Eagles Mere, Pa. )'-:.::;' Steve Klarsch owns the buy, sell and trade business, which caters to tourists. Lewis and Clark Realty of New York City is named for the two owners, not the explorers. The St. Louis area has numerous listings for Lewis and Clark, as does the upper Midwest. State parks are named for the explorers in North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska and Iowa. The biggest tribute must be Montana's Lewis and Clark County, home to 47,000 people and the state capital of Helena. The county also sheltered Unabomber Ted Kaczynski, whose mountain shack was near Lewis and Clark Pass in the Rocky Mountains. Montana also has a Lewistown. There are Lewis and Clark elementary schools in Great Falls; Richland, Wash.; Pocatello, Idaho; Wenatchee, Wash.; and Missoula. What may be the only high school in the nation named for Lewis and Clark is in Spokane, Wash. right along Interstate 90 and just down the road from Sacajawea Junior High, named for the ' young Indian, woman who helped guide them. Lewis & Clark Caverns, near Whitehall, was never actually visited by the explorers. Neither was Lewis & Clark Surplus and . Pawn in Glasgow. After sleeping outdoors and eating nothing but deer meat for weeks, Lewis and Clark might have appreciated the Lewis and Clark RV park in North Bonneville, Wash. "I have people come to the park and say, 'Shall I make out the check to Mr. Lewis or Mr. Clark?" owner George De Grotte said. "It doesn't make a difference. I sign for both of them." The explorers might also have enjoyed a few lines of bowling at Lewis and Clark Lanes near Seattle. The bowling alley features a huge mural, across all 32 lanes, depicting the explorers. Lewiston, Idaho, and neigh- ABOVE: A PLAQUE depicting explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark adorns a rock monilith on campus at Lewis and Dark University in Portland, Ore. The chapel is seen at left. LEFT: Built in 1911, Lewis Spokane, Wash., may be the only high school in the nation named after the explorers, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark. - boring Clarkston, Wash., are a hotbed of Lewis-and-Clark naming, with dozens of listings, including Lewis-Clark Memorial Gardens, Lewis-Clark Motor Co., Lewis-Clark Plumbing & Heating, and Lewis and Clark ' Anesthesia, Local business officials pre- diet more than 1 million people will troop through the Lewiston-Clarkston Valley during the bicentennial celebrations. But don't think that rising interest in Lewis and Clark, and all the places named for them, mean people really know much about the explorers. "I saw a survey once that said a lot of high school students thought it was one person: Lewis N. Clark," said historian Carlos . Schwantes of the University of Idaho. "Or one word, Lewisandclark."