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On this day in Lewis & Clark history...

Clark takes the keelboat up the Mississippi River passing the French village Ste. Genevieve. From an island, he views Fort de Chartres 2.5 miles to the east. He travels about 20 miles. Lewis remains in Kaskaskia in present Illinois.

From the journals...

Set out this morning before Sunrise at ¾ of a mile passed the mouth of a Small Creek Called Gabia, at the mouth of this Creek is the landing place for the Tradeing Boats of St Genevieve, a Small town Situated on the Spurs of the high land at ¾ of a mile distant nearly South This Village contains (as I am informed) about 120 families, principally French

William Clark

Missouri River near Ste. Geneviéve

Historic painting of the Missouri River

Painting by Karl Bodmer circa 1833.