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submitted photo / Montana artist Carol Grende sculpted lifelike figures of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark for the 2003 bicentennial celebration of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. The statue is at the entrance to the Falls of the Ohio State Park.

In 1803, President Thomas Jefferson asked Meriwether Lewis to lead an exploration of the Louisiana Territory in search of a Northwest Passage.

Lewis invited William Clark to join him. It would become one of the most famous partnerships in history, and it started in Indiana.

“When they shook hands, the Lewis and Clark expedition began,” Stephen Ambrose wrote in “Undaunted Courage,” the best-selling account of the trans-continental journey.

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