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Lewis and Clark are at the Great Falls of the Ohio at Louisville, Kentucky. They will soon be leaving for Fort Massac where they expect to add several men recruited from the army.

From the journals...

At this place a canal is in contemplation to be cut: This will completely remove that great impediment to the navigation of the Ohio, and render complete and sage the passage of boats in almost all seasons of the year.

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.