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Monday, September 24, 2012

The Original Grave Cairn of Meriwether Lewis

The Original Grave Cairn of Meriwether Lewis

Explorer Meriwether Lewis of Lewis & Clark fame is buried near the place where he died. Here is the monument as it appears today. A cairn is a mound or pile of stones built as a monument.

What you see here is the stone cairn that covered his grave for over 150 years. The state built the monument in 1848 and new cut stones replaced these in 2000.

The city of Hohenwald is the county seat of Lewis County, named in his honor. Under the oversight of the Lewis County Museum of Natural History is an outdoor park known as the Discovery Trail. These stones were relocated here and are the highlight of that trail. Plans are being made to add a Lewis Statue at some point.

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