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New Map Enhances Philadelphia Links to Lewis and Clark History

Philadelphia Chapter Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation, Inc.
PO Box 39534
Philadelphia, PA 19136-9534
Contact: Norma Milner
(856) 829-3142
For Immediate Release (452 words):
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The Philadelphia Chapter of the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation (LCTHF) has published a first map of Lewis and Clark related sites in this city showing research never before summarized in map form. The two sided color map comes with a revised edition of “Contributions of Philadelphia to Lewis and Clark History" by the late Paul Russell Cutright of Jenkintown who used original letters and documents to describe Lewis’ activities in Philadelphia. He was a faculty member at Beaver College, now Arcadia University. The Foundation’s magazine, “We Proceeded On” or “WPO” originally published it.

The national LCTHF will hold its annual meeting here in the Bicentennial year, 2003, August 9-13, at the Loews Hotel. The 50 page booklet with map is a fundraiser at $14 plus $3.95 S&H. Send check to Philadelphia Chapter, LCTHF, 6010 Cannon Hill Road, Fort Washington, PA 19034. Write or e-mail for quantity pricing. The Chapter acknowledges support from James -Allan Printing and Design Group.

The Free Library of Philadelphia has recently added copies of the Cutright booklet to be distributed to its branches. The publication is available at The Philadelphia Print Shop on Germantown Avenue in Chestnut Hill and bookstores such as Barnes and Noble. If not on the shelf, Contributions of Philadelphia to Lewis and Clark History may be ordered at other major chain stores that are serviced by Partners Book Distributing.

A carefully researched map is included in the Cutright publication. The map is fun when you see that

  • Lewis bought tomahawks to trade with the Indians at a shop located where WHYY is today,
  • bought his wines from a merchant located on the spot where the Liberty Bell has been sitting the last few years, and, in the manner of young men, tasted the social life of the city with a future Governor of New Jersey, Mahlon Dickerson, whose row house at 22 South 6th Street been replaced by the corporate giant, Rohm and Haas.
  • Meriwether Lewis also slept here from early May to mid June at a boardinghouse run by a widow, Mrs. Wood, on North Front Street, although the house has been demolished and the site is now under the Ben Franklin bridge approaches.
  • Lewis was not a “dull boy” either. Besides visiting taverns and parties at the homes of Jefferson’s friends, he attended a magic show by showman “Rannie” with his friend Dickerson in a hall just behind Christ Church on 2nd Street. Magic was a big draw then, too.


Updated October 29, 2002