Monday, August 27, 2007
Tucked away in the rolling hills of Western Tennessee are the remains of one of the most celebrated of Americans. Meriwether Lewis was on his way back to Washington to meet with President Jefferson when he suddenly took ill and passed away at a local tavern/stop along the way. He was en route to bring his journals from the Corp of Discovery trip. Long known for extreme bouts of depression it is unknown if one of these contributed to his death.
Lewis died a scant three years prior to the Second War of Independence. It would have been interesting to have seen his roll in that conflict.
This monument stands along the Natchez Trace. This highway is maintained by the National Park Service and itself is pretty amazing. Rolling along in a park like setting with a maximum speed limit of 45 mph and no trucks it was quite enjoyable for the short time we were on it. We plan to return at some point and drive the entire length from Nashville, Tennessee to Natchez, Mississippi.
I hope everyone has a great Monday.