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Given Up for Dead, Hailed as Heroes
September 10-23, 1806
Now on the home stretch of the journey, the expedition was making as much as 80 miles (130 kilometers) a day. Lewis and Clark began to meet traders who informed them that they had been given up for dead.
On the morning of September 23, the Corps of Discovery entered the Mississippi River and at noon disembarked at St. Louistwo years, four months, and ten days after they had left. Gathered along the shore, the one thousand people of St. Louis greeted the returned Corps with gunfire salutes and an enthusiastic welcome.