Zebulon Montgomery Pike Expeditions and Life/Legacy

Over two centuries ago, a young man named Zebulon Montgomery Pike was born to become one of our country’s greatest heroes as a Brigadier General in Canada. His life is one marked by service and loyalty to America with two major Expeditions; one to the headwaters of the Mississippi River (1805-6) and one to the America’s Southwest (1806-7). These epic adventures from near St. Louis had profound effects on the subsequent history of America.

Recognizing this, the Pike National Historic Trail Association, a non-profit association with 501 (c)(3) status, was created in 2007 to help promote and preserve his legacy.

We are dedicated to preservation and educational projects involving all aspects surrounding Pike’s life. The goal of the website is to educate, preserve, and highlight recreational opportunities as well as economic advantages to affected communities.

Pike Trail Stats
Did you know that his expeditions and travels were so widespread?
8763
MILES OF TRAIL
24
US STATES
320
US COUNTIES
2
CANADIAN PROVINCES
3
MEXICAN PROVINCES
109
HISTORIC SITES
Our Mission

Establish Federal designation of the Pike National Historic Trail (for Pike life occurrences prior to 1805, the 1805-1806 Pike Mississippi Expedition, the 1806-1807 Zebulon Montgomery Pike Expedition, and events leading to and including his heroic death in 1813.)

Promote historic/ cultural/ and heritage investigations of aspects of Pike’s life occurrences prior to 1805, the 1805-1806 Pike Mississippi Expedition, the 1806-1807 Zebulon Montgomery Pike Expedition, and events leading to and including his heroic death in 1813 and of the Pike National Historic Trail.

Conduct and/or participate in educational opportunities regarding the legacy left by the Pike including: Pike’s life occurrences prior to 1805, the 1805-1806 Pike Mississippi Expedition, the 1806-1807 Zebulon Montgomery Pike Expedition, and events leading to and including his heroic death in 1813.

Provide educational materials regarding Pike’s expeditions, his life and personal values as applied to today’s society.

Cooperate with federal, state and local agencies, and trail organizations on which the Pike expeditions and life experiences occurred, such as the Santa Fe National Historic Trail, El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro & El Camino Real de Los Tejas National Historic Trail, and other federal, State and local trail and heritage entities.

We have established a bond to the Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail.

We are a tax exempt not-for profit Association under Section 501 (c) (3) IRS. Your contributions are deductible under section 170 of the Code.

Zebulon Montgomery Pike, portrait by Ed French
Zebulon Montgomery Pike, portrait by Ed French
Projects in the Works
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From the designation of the Pike Trail & erection of signs / roadside panels to field research & smartphone apps.

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Help preserve & promote historical and cultural interpretation, while creatiing recreational & economic opportunities.

Education & Preservation
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Learn more about Pike’s life, his legacy & journeys. Walk in Pike's footsteps! International & US downloadable maps.

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