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National Rivers Hall of Fame Inductees

Hall of Fame inductees are the pioneers, explorers and artists in America's river history. They were movers and shakers from the days gone by and the recent past. These men and women made significant contributions related to America’s rivers, which is why we honor them.


The Pathfinders

Meriwether Lewis & William Clark

Inducted in 1987

Meriwether Lewis & William Clark lead the epic two year expedition which explored the vast territory of the Louisiana Purchase. The expedition started up the Missouri River travelling by keelboat and pirogue and ascended to the head of the Missouri. Crossing overland through the Rocky Mountains, they built canoes and conducted the first exploration of the Columbia River Valley, reaching the Pacific Ocean in the fall of 1805. The Lewis and Clark expedition navigated thousands of miles of uncharted water and prepared the first maps of this unknown area.