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October 20, 1803

Lewis and Clark are at the Great Falls of the Ohio at Louisville, Kentucky. During this period, arrangements are made to pilot the keelboat through the rapids here.

There are three channels in the rock through which the water passes; the principal one is nearest the right shore, the middle next best, that next the town is dry a considerable part of the year.

Zadok Cramer
Snippet from a book used by Meriwether Lewis to help navigate the Ohio River

October 20, 1804

The Expedition arrives at the empty Mandan villages in present North Dakota. They see gangs of wolves following the bison. Cruzatte wounds a Grizzly bear, and then flees leaving his gun behind. Later, he wounds a bison which chases him.

Set off eairly    a pleasant morning. Several hunters out hunting on each Side of the River.

John Ordway
Rounded mounds and depressions at Double Ditch village

October 20, 1805

On a frosty morning, the Expedition continues down the Columbia River. They find the river smooth and the hills barren. They notice the Indians have copper kettles. After 46 miles, they camp near present Roosevelt, Washington.

The Star Side is high rugid hills, the Lard. Side a low plain and not a tree to be Seen in any Direction except a fiew Small willow bushes which are Scattered partially on the Sides of the bank

William Clark
Rocky banks along the Columbia Rive