Great Plains Studies, Center for


Date of this Version

Spring 2001


Published in Great Plains Research 11:1 (Spring 2001). Copyright © 2001 Center for Great Plains Studies.


In Passage of Discovery, well-known ecologist and noted author Daniel Botkin takes the reader on a historic and ecological journey up the Missouri River from its confluence near St. Charles, Missouri, to its source at Three Forks, Montana, following the route of Lewis and Clark in 1804-05. Apparent throughout is Botkin's justifiably high regard for the observational, intuitive, and leadership skills demonstrated by both Meriwether Lewis and William Clark during their monumental expedition. The fact that only one member of the party died, and that due to circumstances beyond their control, is a tribute to those skills.