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September 18, 1803

In what appears to be his last journal entry until Nov. 11, Lewis describes a steep Ohio River rapid at present Letart Falls, Ohio.

The morning was clear and having had every thing in readiness the over night we set out before sunrise and at nine in the morning passed Letart's falls; this being nine miles distant from our encampment of the last evening—
this rappid is the most considerable in the whole course of the Ohio, except the rappids as they ar called opposite to Louisville in Kentuckey— the descent at Letart's falls is a little more than 4 four feet in two hundred fifty yards.

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

September 18, 1804

The boats fight a strong headwind making only seven miles up the Missouri. They pass a large island with many cedar trees near present Chamberlain, South Dakota. Clark explains their identification of foxes, coyotes, and wolves.

I Killed a prarie wolf to day about the Sise of a Gray fox with a bushey tail    the head and ears like a Fox wolf, and barks like a Small Dog— The annimale which we have taken for the Fox is this wolf, we have seen no Foxes.

William Clark
Close-up of a coyote face

September 18, 1805

Clark leads a small party to scout ahead and to find game. Lewis is detained when Willard loses his horse. They manage to make 18 miles on the Lolo trail. For supper, they eat a stew of candles, bear oil, portable soup, and horse meat.

we dined & suped on a skant proportion of portable soupe, a few canesters of which, a little bears oil and about 20 lbs. of candles form our stock of provision

Meriwether Lewis
Small tin with full of what looks like bullion

September 18, 1806

After setting out early, the hunters are picked up near the Grand River. They had killed nothing, and no game is found all day. The men say they are content to live on pawpaw until they reach St. Louis. They camp near the Lamine River.

at 10 oClock we Came too and gathered pottows to eate
our party…entirely out of provisions Subsisting on poppaws.

William Clark
Yellow fruit that looks like a papaya