A most unexpected duo plan to make history come to life along the Missouri River.
Shirley Enos, a housewife from Bellevue, Nebraska, and Butch Bouvier, A Ship-right from Onawa, both of retirement age- teamed up to build an 1800’s style river boat and sail it down the Missouri.
Thousands of Dollars and man hours later, the David G. Clark was christened at Blue Lake outside of Onawa with water from the Missouri river and a firing of the front canon.
Shirley, The project manager, said, “Keeping history alive for children, its not taught much at schools anymore. especially Lewis and Clark, its blase and old but its history, it’s right under your feet, it happened right here, it happened underneath where we’re standing, it happened all up and down the river and we’re going to take that to the kids and teach them the history that’s right under their feet”
The journey begins September 30 at Fort Randall, South Dakota, and ends in Ponca, Nebraska, on October 6 with stops and educational programming all along the 121 mile route.
To see the build or to find dates and times on where they’ll be, check out their Facebook Page.