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On this day in Lewis & Clark history...

Lewis leaves Cincinnati, Ohio traveling by land 16 miles to Big Bone Lick, Kentucky. He will join the keelboat and crew that are heading there via the Ohio River.

From the journals...

Dear Sir [President Jefferson],
It will be better to forward all letters and papers for me in future to Cahokia.
The water still continues lower in the Ohio than it was ever known. I am with every sentiment of gratitude and respect Your Obt. Servt.1

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.