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Racer Ryan Gillikin gets into her kayak Wednesday at Cooper’s Landing. This was Gillikin’s second year competing in the Missouri River 340.

It's a 28-foot-long, 3,000-pound, solid-wood piece of history floating down the Missouri River.This year, the Missouri Department of Conservation is hosting the Lewis and Clark Dugout Canoe Crew at the Missouri State Fair. As part of the living history program, the crew built a replica of the canoes used by the Corps of Discovery to take participants on a ride back through history to 1804

a time when canoes made out of cottonwood trees were Cadillacs and the Missouri River was the highway.

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Sailing down the Missouri River near Brunswick, a towboat captain came across a scattered graveyard of canoes. Eleven of them hung helpless on a rock dike extending into the river.About 30 miles south, near Glasgow, seven more canoes got trapped on a sandbar. There are still 106 missing, lost in the temperamental waters.