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collage from BSA Troop 50 Fulton, MO

The Manitou Bluffs Chapter of Lewis & Clark Trail Heritage Foundation Inc. got some assistance from the Boy Scouts of Troop 50 from Fulton, Missouri in May 2016.  A group of nine scouts and three adults came to perform a service project as a requirement of the BSA Historic Trails Award.  The service project entailed repair work on an area of the Historic River Landing Trail that has recently suffered from water erosion issues.  Gravel that had washed out was removed and brought back up the trail and two water diversion ditches were dug.  In addition, the boys learned about the history of the town including its prominent location at the crossroads of the Lewis & Clark and the Santa Fe trails.  The boys also visited several historic sites such as the courthouse and the home of historic Missouri artist, George Caleb Bingham.  The project was coordinated by Mary Duncan  Manitou Bluffs Chapter, Arrow Rock and Jonathan Collings, a scout leader from Columbia with ties to the town of Arrow Rock.  The project was a great opportunity for the scouts to learn about local history, friendship and service.