Beautiful Bench number nine, “Clark and Lewis” was recently set along Commercial Street and River Road near Atchison Riverfront where it visually tells the tale of the first Fourth of July celebration in the American western frontier.

The artwork by Dan Bowen, a retired science professor at Benedictine College is crafted in tiles and is a rendition of a map of famed explorers, Meriwether Lewis, and William Clark and members of their Expedition journeyed in 1804 forth from the Mississippi River in Illinois proceeding along the Missouri River to the Pacific Ocean. A mass of blue glass tiles represents the Pacific Ocean along the opposite end of the bench.

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