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On this day in Lewis & Clark history...

Clark takes charge of the keelboat, and Lewis prepares to leave for St. Louis and Cahokia. Lewis ceases to write daily journal entries, and Clark begins with an entry about the day's travel. Both camp near Kaskaskia in present Illinois.

From the journals...

passed the mouth of the Saline Creek at three oClock, this Creek mouthes behind an Island This Creek has a thick settlement [sediment] on its waters, at the time I passed this Creek the horozon became darkened that I could not see across the River, which appeared to widened, and the Current much Swifter than usial

William Clark

Salt

White chunky crystals