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July 30, 1804

The Expedition arrives at a bluff near present Fort Calhoun, Nebraska where they intend to meet with the Oto nation. Joseph Field kills a Badger. Lewis intends to preserve it as a specimen for President Jefferson. Srgt Floyd is ill.

Lewis and my Self walked in the Prarie on the top of the Bluff and observed the most butifull prospects imagionable, this Prarie is Covered with grass about 10 or 12 Inch high, (Land rich) rises about ½ a mile back Something higher and is a Plain as fur as Can be Seen, under those high Lands next the river is butifull Bottom interspersed with Groves of timber, the River may be Seen for a great Distance both above & below meandering thro:

William Clark
Plains descending to a large river

July 30, 1805

The Expedition leaves the Three Forks. Clark takes the canoes up the Jefferson River. Lewis travels by foot and Sacajawea shows him the place she was taken prisoner. The two parties fail to meet and camp separately near Willow Creek.

passed the narrow channel to the small island and examined the gravly bar along the edge of the river for the tracks of the men, knowing from the appearance of the river at this place that if they had passed they would have used the cord on the side where I was. I saw no tracks and was then fully convinced that they were below me.

Meriwether Lewis
Gravel bar opposite a steep rock hill and river

July 30, 1806

Lewis' crew faithfully plies their oars and camps below Cow Creek on the Missouri River. On the Yellowstone, Clark lines the canoes down rapids and waits out a passing storm. He makes 45 miles camping below the Powder River.

the currant being strong and the men anxious to get on they plyed their oars faithfully and we went at the rate of about seven miles an hour.

Meriwether Lewis
Calm river sweeping through a wide valley