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September 19, 1803

Lewis continues down the Ohio River between present Ohio and West Virginia. Near this date, he passed the Little Kanawha River at Point Pleasant, in present West Virginia.

POINT PLEASANT is seated, commanding an extensive view of the Ohio. This is but a small town, but as it is made a place of embarkation for emigrants from the western parts of Virginia descending the Ohio, it may rise to some importance.

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

September 19, 1804

The wind is to the backs of the boats today. The men, having extra time to hunt, kill fat buffalo, elk, and deer. They make over 26 miles camping before a big bend that starts near present Lower Brule, South Dakota.

I walked on Shore to See this great Pass of the Sioux and Calumet ground, found it a handsom Situation, and Saw the remains of their Campt on the 2d river, for many years passed—

William Clark
Painted horses grazing near the Missouri River on the Lower Brule Indian Reservation

September 19, 1805

The members with Lewis see the plains and their spirits are revived. They drop from the snows and follow Hungery Creek a few miles. Supper is portable soup. Several suffer from dysentery. Ahead, Clark finds and eats a stray Indian horse.

one of our horses fell backwards out of the trail and rolled down over the Steep rocks abt. 200 feet with 2 boxes of Ammunition and plunged in to the creek    with Some difficulty we got the horse up again and load    it hurt the horse but did not kill him.

John Ordway
Rocky mountain stream with very steep left bank

September 19, 1806

The men are determined to reach the French village of La Charette by tomorrow. They ply the oars stopping only to gather pawpaw, the handling of which causes sore eyes among several. After 72 miles, they camp on the Osage River.

Set out this morning a little after day & proceeded on very well the men ply their oares & we decended with great velocity

William Clark
Large river with forested banks