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September 16, 1803

After a delay from morning fog, Lewis pushes the crew from 8am to nearly dark. They tire from the labor of unloading the keelboat, pushing it through the shallow spots, and then re-loading. Camp is opposite the Little Sandy Creek.

my men were very much fatigued with this days labour however I continued untill nearly dark when we came too on the Virginia shore having made only 19 miles this day.—

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

September 16, 1804

The Corps moves 1¼ miles to present Oacoma, South Dakota. They call the site both Plum and Pleasant Camp. They will stay here to dry goods and shift cargo to the red pirogue, which had originally been meant to be sent back by now.

This Camp is Situated in a butifull Plain Serounded with Timber to the extent of ¾ of a mile in which there is great quantities of fine Plumbs—

William Clark
Small prairie surrounded by trees

September 16, 1805

Heavy snows obscure the Lolo trail and wet the men as they brush the overhanging snow from the trees. Clark sets out ahead to make warming fires at their evening camp in a small cove. No game is found, so another horse is killed for meat.

began to Snow about 3 hours before Day
men all wet cold and hungary.

William Clark
snowy level spot in a thick forest

September 16, 1806

The day is so hot that the men refrain from hard paddling. They meet several traders heading up the Missouri. The Captains are suspicious of Joseph Robidoux, whose license is not signed by Governor Wilkinson. They make 52 miles.

about noon we met a keel Boat and 2 canoes    the keel Boat belonged to Mr. Reubado of St Louis loaded with marchandize and bound for the Kanzas Nation of Indians.

John Ordway
Historic photo of old man