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On this day in Lewis & Clark history...

The keelboat continues down the Ohio to its mouth on the Mississippi near Cairo, Illinois. Along the way, they pass a cantonment named for General Wilkinson. Lewis takes a strong laxative made from calomel and jalap.

From the journals...

this evening landed on the point at which the Ohio and Mississippi form there junchon felt myself much better but extreemly weak—

Meriwether Lewis

Mouth of the Ohio

Pencil sketch of a small 1833 river community

Pencil sketch by Karl Bodmer circa 1833.