Lewis and Clark Landing

Lewis and Clark Landing is a public park located at 515 North Riverfront Drive in Downtown Omaha, Nebraska. The 23-acre (9.3 ha) park is situated along the eight-foot-tall (2.4 m) river walk of the Missouri River just north of U.S. Interstate 480.

Lewis and Clark Landing
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Lewis and Clark Landing along the Missouri River
TypeMunicipal (Omaha)
LocationDowntown Omaha
Area23 acres (9.3 ha)
Created2003
StatusOpen all year

HistoryEdit

The Lewis and Clark Expedition took place from 1804 to 1806. The purpose of the expedition was to explore the land which the United States had purchased from France through the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. Lewis and Clark Landing is the original landing site of the expedition on the west bank of the Missouri River. Lewis and Clark Landing now sits on property formerly owned by ASARCO, which maintained a lead refinery there that closed in 1997. HDR Inc. won an award from the United States Environmental Protection Agency for their work on remediation of the Lewis and Clark Landing.[1]

FeaturesEdit

The park has a number of distinct features including as a walking trail which follows the riverfront and a bike trail which takes riders west to Miller's Landing and another trail which leads to the Heartland of America Park. The Martin Luther King Jr. Pedestrian Bridge, with interpretive exhibits, connects to CenturyLink Center Omaha. The park also includes the Omaha Firefighter's Memorial Monument and the second largest labor monument in the United States. The park contains a walking trail which follows the riverfront and sections of a bike trail that connect to Omaha's bike trail system. The walking trail also connects to the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge that spans the river and joins Omaha with Council Bluffs, Iowa. There is expansive area for festivals and events and there are a number of tables with umbrellas and chairs that offer a chance to relax and take in the riverfront experience. Additional attractions include a "Monument to Labor" sculpture, Lewis and Clark interpretive exhibits, jumping fountains where children can play, and a historical marker on site.[2][3]

The park is immediately down the trail from Omaha's new National Park Service Regional Headquarters. The office houses the superintendent of the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail.[4]

EntertainmentEdit

Every summer the Landing and Heartland of America Park host a free concert series. The Annual Playing with Fire concerts began in 2004.

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Coordinates: 41°15′44″N 95°55′27″W / 41.26222°N 95.92417°W / 41.26222; -95.92417