I've lived in Tennessee for about 30 years now and today finally took a little road trip and visited the gravesite (and death site) of Meriwether Lewis, of Lewis & Clark fame.á Lewis and Clark were probably the last great American explorers, and I rate them up there with Columbus, although their expedition was much more peace bearing. The events of Lewis's death are tragic. Jefferson had appointed Lewis governor of the Louisiana territory but Lewis had difficulty getting his pay and grew despondent. In 1809 he set out for Washington D.C. and stopped at a middle Tennessee farmhouse for the night.á During the night Lewis shot and killed himself with his own gun. Locals buried him where he fell, and in 1848 the Tennessee legislature funded a large stone monument for his grave. The state also named the county after him.á Lewis's grave is set in a quiet wooded area and when I visited it no one else was around.á I stayed for about 30 minutes. As a history buff, it's always something special to visit the grave of the historically (and numismatically) noteworthy and quietly "share their company" for awhile. I wondered what he would think if he knew he had been honored on a gold dollar, a silver dollar, a statehood (Missouri) quarter, and was the subject of four nickels, not to mention numerous appearances on currency and medals. Someone had left a bottle of whiskey (for him I suppose) and a sealed letter addressed to "Captain Lewis". I thought that was kind of classy. I then went back to my car and fished a Westward Journey nickel out of the console, and left it on the stone rail, hoping to start a new tradition. Rest easy, Captain Lewis.