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September 20, 1803

Lewis continues down the Ohio River between present Ohio and West Virginia. Near this date, he passed Galliopolis, Ohio.

This town is in Ohio state; a few years since it contained 100 French families; the town is rather on the decline.

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

September 20, 1804

The boats continue 30 miles stopping after rounding the bend at Lower Brule. Clark finds the portage is only 2000 yards long, but the numerous prickly pears nearly 'ruin' his feet. R. Field kills their first female pronghorn specimen.

I went out to examine the portage which I found quit Short 2000 yards only, the Prarie below & Sides of the hills containing great quantites of the Prickly Piar which nearly ruind my feet

William Clark
Small cactus with sharp spines

September 20, 1805

Clark leaves the mountains reaching the Nez Perce at Weippe prairie. Lewis is delayed collecting horses including one carrying his winter clothing. They pick up the horse meat left by Clark and later enjoy a meal that fills their stomachs.

proceeded on through a butifull Countrey for three miles to a Small Plain in which I found maney Indian lodges
at the distance of 1 mile from the lodges I met 3 boys, when they Saw me ran and hid themselves   searched found gave them Small pieces of ribin & Sent them forward to the village

William Clark
Painting of Clark giving gifts to three Nez Perce boys

September 20, 1806

The men reach the French village La Charette where they find a town full of traders and boats. Most of the citizens are surprised that the men are still alive and treat them kindly. The men see and taste their first beef since leaving.

the party being extreemly anxious to get down ply their ores very well, we Saw Some cows on the bank which was a joyfull Sight to the party and Caused a Shout to be raised for joy

William Clark
Herd of cows beside a muddy river