The Lewis and Clark Confluence Tower in Hartford opened a little over two years ago, welcoming thousands of visitors over the past year to go up into the 150-foot tall structure located along Route 3. The East-West Gateway Council of Governments recently recognized Hartford for the completion of the tower, and awarded the village this year's Outstanding Local Government Achievement Award.
From what began as a grassroots citizens group looking to commemorate the bicentennial celebration of the Lewis & Clark Expedition, now stands a structure that honors the place where men set out west to discover the nation's lands centuries ago. Tower Manager Amy Curry says the tower is just one piece of the local tourism puzzle.
The Lewis & Clark Visitor's center and tower marks the starting point of the Great Rivers Scenic Byway, which was recently named one of the "Seven Wonders of Illinois." There are viewing platforms at 50, 100 and 150 feet above the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri rivers.
(Pictured left to right are Tower Manager, Amy Curry, Mayor of Hartford, James Spann, and Village of Hartford Projects Manager, Deanna Barnes.)