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June 13, 1804

The Expedition travels 9 miles up the Missouri. They pass the sandbars and shoals created by the Grand River and camp at its mouth. Clark and Lewis climb a hill for the view, and in the evening, they make lunar observations.

between those two Creeks and behind a Small willow Island in the bend is a Prarie in which the Missouries Indians once lived and the Spot where 300 of them fell a Sacrifise to the fury of the Saukees    This nation (Missouries) once the most noumerous nation in this part of the Continent now reduced to about 80

William Clark
Missouri Indian with a trade blanket

June 13, 1805

Lewis, scouting ahead of the main group, reaches the Great Falls of the Missouri and marvels at the 'sublimely grand specticle.' The boats, with Clark, make 13 miles against the current camping about 7 miles SW of present Fort Benton.

about ninty or a hundred yards of this next the Lard. bluff is a smoth even sheet of water falling over a precipice of at least eighty feet, the remaining part of about 200 yards on my right formes the grandest sight I ever beheld

Meriwether Lewis
Painting of Lewis standing below the Great Falls

June 13, 1806

Reubin Fields and Willard are sent to present Crane meadow to hunt until the Expedition passes through there on a later day. At Weippe, the men dry meat and the Captains work on their Estimate of the Western Indians.

Ordered Rubin Fields and Willard to proceed on to a Small prarie in the Mountains about 8 miles and there hunt untill we arrive
I make a list of the Indian Nations their place of residence, and probable number of Soles of each nation

William Clark
blue sky, blue camas, green meadow