The Lewis and Clark Confluence Tower is a 180-foot-tall tower on the Illinois bank of the Mississippi River at the confluence of it and the Missouri River. 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 courageously set out west to discover the nation's prosperous lands centuries ago.
Visitors can climb to viewing platforms at 50, 100 and 150 feet above the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri rivers and look down on their waters and the story where two explorers began their journey westward. From the three levels, vantage points give way to communities, history and stories of life along the riverbanks. The three levels can be reached by elevator or stairs and the tower is ADA accessible.
From the vantage point of the tower, you can see the convergence of the Mississippi and Missouri rivers in Hartford, Illinois. Looking north, the Illinois River meets the Mississippi in Grafton, Illinois. The three important waterways led to the development and prosperity of industries, river towns and their people. Each confluence community offers a unique story that has been shaped and defined by the waters of these rivers.