Description






The statue is located at West Main and Ridge Street in downtown Charlottesville. A bronze Lewis and Clark stand with their Indian guide Sacagawea, facing the West. Overlooking a peak, they seem to be peering confidently down at the expansive West they have just discovered. At the bottom of the bronze are small reliefs that narrate the journey made by Lewis and Clark across America. These images all emphasize the relationships forged with Native American tribes along the way, including, “Lewis and Clark entering a council of Indians; the Indian guide, Sacagawea, returning to her tribe; Indians admiring the huge negro of the party; an Indian dance; a buffalo hunt in which Lewis and Clark joined.” Trees line the pink marble base, possibly representing the path that Lewis and Clark climbed to reach their lofty destination. (Forrest, 1919, 2)


Vital Statistics
(courtesy of the Smithsonian Institutional Research Information System, Inventories of American Painting & Sculpture Catalog):


Owner: City of Charlottesville

Materials: Figure group: bronze; Base: Balfour pink granite.

Size: Figure group: approx. 8 ft. 4 in. x 3 ft. x 4 ft.; Base: approx. 14 ft. 2 in. x 4 ft. x 5 ft.

Inscription: (Front of base, middle section:) MERIWETHER LEWIS/1774-1809/WILLIAM CLARK/1770-1838/BOLD AND FARSEEING PATHFINDERS/WHO CARRIED THE FLAG OF THE/YOUNG REPUBLIC TO THE WESTERN/OCEAN AND REVEALED AN UNKNOWN/EMPIRE TO THE USES OF MANKIND (Front of base, lower section:) A TERRITORY OF 385,000 SQUARE MILES WAS ADDED TO THE/COUNTRY BY THE EFFORTS OF THESE MEN; AN AREA LARGER/THAN THE THEN EXISTING SIZE OF THE UNITED STATES (signed)

Condition: Surveyed 1994, treatment needed

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