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August 8, 1804

As they take the boats up the Missouri River, the Expedition passes several islands and sandbars crowded with pelicans. One is shot, and Lewis describes it in his natural history notes. Camp is south southwest of Blencoe, Iowa.

we were surprised by the appearance of a flock of Pillican at rest on a large sand bar attatched to a small Island the number of which would if estimated appear almost in credible; they apeared to cover several acres of ground

Meriwether Lewis
Group of large white birds on a river shoreline

August 8, 1805

The men tow the canoes 8 miles up the Beaverhead River and camp south of the Ruby River in present Montana. Shannon is still missing and Clark's ankle, swollen from a poisonous bite several days ago, continues to bother him.

the Indian woman recognized the point of a high plain to our right which she informed us was not very distant from the summer retreat of her nation on a river beyond the mountains which runs to the west. this hill she says her nation calls the beaver's head from a conceived remblance of it's figure to the head of that animal.

Meriwether Lewis
Historic painting of Sacajawea pointing at Beaverhead Rock

August 8, 1806

Sergeant Pryor's group, which has been floating in bull boats the past several days, catches up with Clark near present Tobacco Creek. Several miles behind them, Lewis stops near modern Williston to dry meat, tan hides, and sew new clothes.

at 8 A. M. Sergt. N. Pryor Shannon, hall & Windsor Came down the river in two Canoes made of Buffalow Skins. [After the Indians had stole all their horses, they had] packed up their baggage on their backs and Steared a N. E. course to the River Rochejhone which they Struck at pompys Tower, there they killed a Buffalow Bull and made a Canoe in the form and shape of the mandans & Ricares

William Clark
Replica of a round boat made from willows and buffalo skin