On The Trail Of Discovery

Art on Sunday #7

On the Trail of Discovery features five bronze figures: Meriwether Lewis, William Clark, a generic Indian man and girl, and Clark's big explorer dog Seaman. Paducah, Kentucky, 9/5/08

Unveiled in 2006, On the Trail of Discovery features five life-sized bronze figures: Meriwether Lewis, William Clark, a generic Indian man and girl, and Clark’s big explorer dog Seaman.  Located on the front lawn of the Museum of the American Quilter’s Society in Paducah, Kentucky, the sculptures were donated by Bill and Meredith Schroeder, founders of the Museum.

On the Trail of Discovery, Meriwether Lewis and his explorer dog, Seaman, Paducah, Kentucky, 9/5/08

Meriwether Lewis  and Seaman

On the Trail of Discovery, William Clark, Paducah, Kentucky, 9/5/08

William Clark

According to the sculptor, George Lundeen, who designed these figures, the Native Americans shown here represent all Native Americans who helped Lewis and Clark during their journey. He purposely placed few decorations or designs on their clothing because he did not want to identify them with any particular Native American group. The man wears a “peace medal” with the likeness on it of President Thomas Jefferson. Peace medals were presented by the Co-Captains to the Native American chiefs they met along the way. If you look carefully, you will also find a “coin” similar to the Sacagawea dollar. The Sacagawea dollar was not created until 2000, but the image provides a reminder that Sacagawea, a Native American woman, traveled from Montana to the Pacific Ocean and back with the Expedition assisting the expedition in many ways. The child holds an American flag similar to ones that would have been carried by the expedition. (Sue Henry Photography)

On the Trail of Discovery, Native American child, Paducah, Kentucky, 9/5/08

Native American child with expedition’s 1803 flag

On the Trail of Discovery, Native American man, Paducah, Kentucky, 9/5/08

Native American man

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  • Hilary Dec 14, 2015

    Hi Mike – thanks for the explanation … the figures look amazing and remind visitors of the lengths gone to in relative recent times of crossing the country.

    The Sacagawea dollar/ medal is also interesting to know about … I remember watching a documentary about the Scottish John Rae, who explored the north-west passage area, which brought much to life – about native Indians ability to cope in the harsh conditions. Rae spent time with them and adopted their practices …

    Cheers – Hilary
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