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Hartford, Illinois: Lewis and Clark Confluence Tower

Admire it from the ground or, with a tour guide, climb 150 feet to various observation decks to see what Lewis and Clark didn't: oil refineries. The confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers is out there somewhere.

435 Confluence Tower Drive, Hartford, IL
I-270 exit 3. Drive north on IL-3/Lewis and Clark Blvd for 3.5 miles. Turn left at the stoplight when you see the tower on the left.
Days and hours vary seasonally; call ahead. (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
$6 cash only
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Lewis and Clark Confluence Tower

Two 180-foot tall concrete towers, one for Meriwether Lewis and one for William Clark, with open-air observation decks at 50, 100, and 150 feet. The towers stands near where Lewis and Clark camped and is named for the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers.

Going to the top is fun, and if the wind is right you'll get a nice breeze of fresh air. If not you'll get lungs full of oil refinery odors and who knows what else. To the east, the un-picturesque view is of multiple oil refineries and industrial sites. To the west is the river confluence, which I found difficult to distinguish and somewhat of a disappointment. Still, I love the towers.

[Mike Gassmann, 09/18/2019]

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