What can Tagalong Tour learn from Lewis and Clark?
The United States covers about 3.8 million square miles. With the help of newer mapping technology and smartphones, travelers can easily navigate the country by car, bike, or on foot. Back in 1803, however, President Thomas Jefferson acquired the Louisiana territory (828,000 square miles) without much knowledge of the land and people in it. That same year, President Jefferson commissioned the Lewis and Clark Expedition to explore and map the newly purchased territory.
On August 31, 1803, Captain Meriwether Lewis launched a “keeled boat” from Pittsburgh to start the expedition. Lewis wrote in his journal, “Left Pittsburgh this day at 11 ock…,” and a Pennsylvania state historical marker near the downtown Pittsburgh riverbank (pictured below) honors the beginning of the documented journey down the Ohio River.
Tagalong Tour also begins our journey from the heart of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Our tools for documenting and mapping our way have progressed immensely from the days of Lewis and Clark, but the sentiment remains the same. We wish to explore and map neighborhoods to create a better understanding of the world. Each place has a unique history, foundation, and culture that comes to life when you’re a traveler immersed in a specific location. Tagalong Tour guides travelers through walking tours that take them from point to point, showcasing the stories, shops, restaurants, architecture, and monuments that create unique communities. We hope you will join us as we start from Pittsburgh and continue the journey, sharing what we find, and inviting you to tagalong on many tours with us.