As part of our ongoing efforts to have the best possible understanding of our community, the entire Mississippi Valley Library District staff (even the President of our Board of Trustees) recently visited the Lewis & Clark Confluence Tower and the Lewis & Clark State Historic Site, both located in Hartford, Illinois, which is about twenty minutes north of Collinsville. At the Confluence Tower, almost all of the library’s employees took the journey up to the tower’s three observation decks – at 50 feet, 100 feet, and 150 feet above ground – and enjoyed the different views overlooking the rivers at each level. (To give some perspective, the Catsup Bottle is 170 feet high!) At the Lewis & Clark State Historic Site, our staff had the opportunity to watch a short video about the beginnings of Lewis and Clark’s historic journey, follow in the footsteps of Lewis and Clark by walking through a replica of their fort, and then look around at the different displays in the museum. Check out the following photographs from our trip, and if you’re interested in following in our footsteps, check out www.confluencetower.com and www.campdubois.com.