January 18, 1804
Winter camp on the Wood River across from St. Louis, Missouri. Very little is written in the journals on this day. The temperature dips below 0° and it snows.
a Cloudy morning with moderate breaze from the N W. b W The river run with Ice, at 8 oClock the Thromtr. Stood at 1° below 0,—
at 11 oClock rose to 4° above 0, and beg[an] to Snow
January 18, 1805
Franç-Antoine Larocque and Charles McKenzie, traders from the North West Company, visit Fort Mandan. They explain that the 'Brarow' that the hunters brought in is Badger.
Two men belonging to the N. W. company, who stay at the Grossventers village, came to the fort. They say this animal which the French call a prarow, or brarow, is a species of the badger.
January 18, 1806
Another rainy day at Fort Clatsop near Astoria, Oregon. Several men are dressing elk hides and the Captains detail Chinook plankhouse construction.
The Clatsops Chinnooks &c construct their houses of timber altogether. They are from 14 to 20 feet wide and from 20 to 60 feet in length, and acommodate one or more families sometimes three or four families reside in the same room.