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On this day in Lewis & Clark history...

The keelboat heads down the Ohio River to pick up Clark and the men he is recruiting at Louisville, Kentucky. Near this date, they pass present Madison, Indiana.

From the journals...

A large bar, on the left shore, Channel close to the right shore.

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

Quotation and 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.