LISTEN LIVE KPR - On Air: Listen Live to classical, jazz and NPR news Schedule LATEST
NEWSCAST
KPR 2 - On Air: Listen live to KPR's all talk-radio service, KPR2 Recordings

Share this page              

American Independence - July 6, 2018

Q: When Lewis and Clark’s expedition, the Corps of Discovery, held the first Fourth of July celebration west of the Mississippi, they fired a cannon, drank extra rations of whiskey and named a body of water "Independence Creek." All of this took place near present day Atchison. What was the year in which this celebration took place?

_____________________________________________________________

A: 1804

Meriwether Lewis and William Clark held the first ever Independence Day celebration west of the Mississippi on July 4, 1804, near present-day Atchison, Kansas. To celebrate, the Corps of Discovery expedition fired the cannon on their keelboat and drank an extra ration of whiskey. Lewis and Clark also named a creek -- near what is now Atchison, Kansas -- Independence Creek. Happy (belated) birthday, America!  

Learn more about Lewis and Clark in Kansas.

Tower Frequencies

91.5 FM KANU Lawrence, Topeka, Kansas City
96.1 FM K241AR Lawrence (KPR2)
89.7 FM KANH Emporia
99.5 FM K258BT Manhattan
97.9 FM K250AY Manhattan (KPR2)
91.3 FM  KANV Junction City, Olsburg
89.9 FM K210CR Atchison
90.3 FM KANQ Chanute

See the Coverage Map for more details

Contact Us

Kansas Public Radio
1120 West 11th Street
Lawrence, KS 66044
Download Map
785-864-4530 (Main Line)
888-577-5268 (Toll Free)
contact@kansaspublicradio.org