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On this day in Lewis & Clark history...

On the advice of the keelboat captain, Lewis heads down the Ohio River before the morning fog has cleared. They stop on a sand bar opposite Oldtown Creek to dry the wet cargo. Many rusty iron goods such as tomahawks and guns are oiled.

From the journals...

I found on opening the goods that many of the articles were much Injured; particularly the articles of iron, which wer rusted very much    my guns, tomehawks, & knives were of this class; I caused them to be oiled and exposed to the sun    the clothing of every discription also was opened and aired, we busily employed in this business all hands, from ten in the morning untill sun seting

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.