On this day in Lewis & Clark history...
The keelboat crosses to the western shore of the Mississippi River where Lewis declines an offer to trade his dog Seaman for 3 beaver furs. Lewis is surprised at the size of a Blue catfish caught by the men and measures it in great detail.
From the journals...
one of the Shawnees a respectable looking Indian offered me three beverskins for my dog
of course there was no bargan
Photo taken with permission at Fort Mandan.
On our return which was at 5 m after 1 Oclock we were a little surprised at the apparent size of a Catfish which the men had caught in our absence altho we had been previously accustomed to see those of from thirty to sixty pounds weight
I have been informed that these fish have been taken in various parts of the Ohio & mississippi weighing from 175 to 200 lbs. weight which from the evidince of the suject above mentioned I have no doubt is authentic—
Blue catfish, Ictalurus furcatus
Drawing by Edgar R. Waite circa 1917.