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On this day in Lewis & Clark history...

Lewis and Clark take the keelboat down the Ohio River. Near this date, they pass the Wabash River and perhaps stay at Old Shawneetown in present Illinois.

From the journals...

When the waters of the Ohio are high, the banks of the Wabash are overflowed for several miles up: it is about 400 yards wide at its mouth, and enters the Ohio at nearly right angles.

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.