Kansas has no shortage of wildlife. Some of the first written records of the flora, the fauna and the wildlife in Kansas came from the journals of Lewis and Clark and their expedition. Car point at the confluence of the Missouri and car rivers is one location important to the expedition. And it boasts a fantastic array of wildlife. Today, it’s an amazing bit of nature that’s preserved right in the city. And it’s a respite for the city’s residents. Let’s see what Deb had to say about cop point and this wildlife flashback.
So Frank, you know, our videographer here, Michael Goehring, impressionable young man, and he looks to us for guidance, he realized that so we do what we can for Michael, and I’ll bring in stories, Frankel bring in stories and because he’s, what, 10-12 years old, he’s never heard of these things, you know, and so we do our best educating so when I was telling him about cop point, and how incredible it was, well, not taking my word for it, he had to go see for himself. And he’s been back I think he said four times.
But the last the first time, yeah, well, you know, we do what we can, but it is one of the most unique and beautiful scenes in Kansas because you’re right there on the river in Kansas City. And it’s not you’re you’re actually in a little bit of nature right there. You know, it’s a little bit of, of rocks and woods and you know, just a little bit little corner of nature that’s still there. But you’ve got that incredible city skyline across the river behind you. And it is something it really is something I did Lewis and Clark events there, while back and whatever you’re doing there, it’s, it’s something everybody’s got to check out.
At some point counterpoint top point. The Lewis and Clark Expedition arrived at COP point, the confluence of the Kansas and Missouri rivers on June 26 1804. The expedition camped for three days to rest, repair their boats and explore the surrounding countryside. They had been traveling up the Missouri almost two months. On the day the explorers first saw the Kansas River. Clarke wrote that they encountered a great number of parrot quits, a bird now extinct. The explorers also saw their first buffalo cop point is now surrounded by industry and development in 2001. The point itself still existed in an overgrown and neglected state. Volunteers began the process of building and improving the park in preparation for the Bicentennial commemorative event held in June of 2004. The Wyandotte County Lewis and Clark Task Force in partnership with the state of Kansas, unified government local convention Visitors Bureau, various community organizations and private funders work together to improve the site. donations from local businesses and literally 1000s of volunteers provided site cleanup trail enhancement, infrastructure restoration signage, historical interpretation and visitor support services for the Bicentennial events since 2004, a renewed effort by the newly organized friends of cop point has resulted in significant improvements and additions to this legacy project. Today it is located in the center of Metropolitan Kansas City with a great view of downtown. But the point itself remains in a natural state with beautiful wooded trails, wild flowers and wildlife. This accessible Park has an infrastructure to support a large number of visitors and has an outdoor amphitheater equipped with electricity for performing arts and