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  • Thursday morning at 8 a.m, the Lewis and Clark statue on the St. Louis riverfront will be removed.

    It's not disappearing. Supposedly, after a period of renovation, it's going to be remounted somewhere.

    Maybe another perch by the river, a little higher than its current one. Or perhaps in Forest Park near the History Museum.

    But it won't be where it was.

    It's being removed because it has spent a lot of time underwater. Too much, it seems, to please the donors who helped finance it.

    This is a shame.

    The submerging statue made for a far more interesting flood meter than the scale attached to Eads Bridge.

    And its reappearance, unbowed and erect, as the water receded was a much more suitable metaphor for St. Louis resilience than a muddy marks on the brickwork.

    No more.

    I will miss it.

    So, tonight, as a mark of farewell, I took my last photographs of the statue in its current position. The first and the last you see here. In between, reminders of days of flood.

    And I will thank Harry Weber who sculpted the best flood meter I've ever seen.
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