On this day in Lewis & Clark history...
Clark is taking the keelboat and crew towards their intended winter quarters on the Wood River up the Mississippi River from St. Louis. Lewis leaves for St. Louis to take a census of Louisiana and gather intelligence for Jefferson.
From the journals...
Cahokia, December 19th 1803
Dear Sir [Thomas Jefferson],
Capt. Clark continued his route with the party to the river Dubois (distant from St. Louis 18 Miles) in order to erect Cabins for our winter residence at that place.... I passed over to St. Louis with a view to obtain from inhabitants such information as I might consider usefull to the Government, or such as might be usefull to me in my further prosecution of my voyage.1
Drawing by Karl Bodmer circa 1833.