Weston City Hall, on the back side, houses the Lewis and Clark Exhibit.
The Lewis and Clark exploration West passed through Weston, before Weston existed in 1804, heading to the Pacific Ocean. History records that the expedition stayed in the area of the Weston City Hall overnight and cut down a sycamore tree to replace a mast on one of their boats.
History also notes that Lewis and Clark charted the limestone springs at the Holladay Distillery. These springs were used extensively by the native Americans, trappers and traders.
The Kansas-Missouri River Bend is the local chapter of the Lewis and Clark Trail and has promised an interpreter of the Lewis and Clark Weston Exhibit on June 5 from 9:00-12:00 noon.
The food pantry fun run starts at 8 a.m. at City Hall and the Ben Holladay Parade starts at 10 a.m.. Most of the detailed information on the events of June 5 can be found on the Weston Chamber’s web site and Facebook page. The parade will end in the City Hall area.
The Lewis and Clark Exhibit is probably Weston’s best kept secret, says local resident Louis Smither. It has been closed on weekends and many folks in Weston don’t even know that it exists. The exhibit has been opened on days that City Hall has been opened, but not on weekends. Police Chief Kelly Clark has taken over the responsibility of having the policedepartment open and close the exhibit on days that City Hall is closed.
“He chose to react to the fact that being closed on weekends was not a good idea for a town based on large tourism traffic that found the exhibit locked down on weekends and holidays,” says Smither.
It is believed the exhibit can now be reached on Google map. “Weston area and Platte County residents and tourists now have the exhibit easy to reach and can enjoy on a workable basis. It is also easy to reach for schools to use for educational purposes on short trips to City Hall,” Smither said.