"The object of your mission is to explore the
Missouri river, & such principal stream of it, as, by it's course
& communication with the water of the Pacific ocean may offer the
most direct & practicable water communication across this continent,
for the purposes of commerce."
"Given under my hand at the city of Washington, this 20th. day of June 1803."
Th:Jefferson, Pr. U.S. of America
Letter to Merriwether Lewis
612 East Boulevard Ave.
Bismarck, North Dakota 58505
State Museum and Store: 8am - 5pm M-F; Sat. & Sun. 10am - 5pm.
We are closed New Year's Day, Easter, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.
State Archives: 8am - 4:30pm., M-F, except state holidays, and 2nd Sat. of each month, 10am - 4:30 pm.
State Historical Society offices: 8am - 5pm M-F, except state holidays.
phone: (701) 328-2666
fax: (701) 328-3710