Dugout Canoe Carving on the Jefferson River


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Churchill Clark is a direct descendant of Captain William Clark.

In 1805 the Lewis and Clark Expedition paddled, poled, and cordelled eight dugout canoes up the Jefferson River. Today, Churchill Clark, the great-great-great-great grandson of Captain William Clark has returned to the Jefferson to carve a new dugout canoe with Tom Elpel at River Camp, near Cardwell.

The public is invited to stop by to see the project or to swing the adze and chip away at the canoe.

As a child, Clark heard about his connection to the famous explorer, but didn't know the history. He joined Lewis and Clark re-enactors during the Lewis and Clark bicentennial from 2004 to 200...

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