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On this day in Lewis & Clark history...

The boats set out before sunrise making 13 miles against the Mississippi current. Along the way, they pass Cape Cinque Hommes which has many inhabitants and 3 grist mills. Camp is across from present Chester, Illinois.

From the journals...

This is a bold point of rocks forming the extremity of a range of hills which have continued on our Lard quarter for a considerable distance    the Creek of the same name which puts in just above it is 20 miles in length and has a considerable number of inhabitants on it, and as many as three gristmills.

Meriwether Lewis

Missouri River near Chester

Historic painting of the Missouri River

Painting by Karl Bodmer circa 1833.