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July 20, 2009

Celebrate One of Our Nation's Preeminent Explorers
Famed explorer Meriwether Lewis died at age 35 near Hohenwald, Tenn., on Oct. 11, 1809. At the time, he was governor of the Louisiana Territory, the vast expanse of land he had explored three years prior as part of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.

Nearly 200 years later, mystery still shrouds the American hero's death. Was it suicide? Was it murder? Was it assassination? Various theories have been bandied about, but there remains no consensus about what caused his untimely death. And while we might never uncover the truth behind his premature demise, Lewis' trailblazing legacy will forever remain intact.

To honor the storied explorer, the U.S. Department of the Interior allocated federal funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to rehabilitate the Meriwether Lewis Site in Hohenwald. Located 70 miles southwest of Nashville, the Site—where Lewis is buried—is one of four projects along the 444-mile Natchez Trace Parkway that will receive federal stimulus money. A bronze bust of the pioneer will be dedicated to the Site for a planned visitor center at a ceremony to mark the 200th anniversary of Lewis' death this October.

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