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On this day in Lewis & Clark history...

Morning fogs delay departure near present Industry, Pennsylvania. Lewis is encouraged when men in two boats loaded with furs tell him the Ohio becomes deeper 24 miles downriver. Today, the keelboat must be unloaded and dragged by horses.

From the journals...

passed the mouth of big bever creek and came to ancor off Mackintosh being 2½ miles— discharge one of my hands.— passed the riffle below Mackintosh.— about three miles from this we stuck on another riffle the worst I think we have yet passed were obliged to unload and drag over with horses.— staid all night having made only six miles.—

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

Picture from The Navigator: Or, the Trader's Useful Guide in Navigating the Monongehela, Allegheny, Ohio and Mississippi Rivers by Zadok Cramer, Fifth Edition, published in 1806. Lewis used an earlier edition to help him navigate and describe the journey down the Ohio River.