On this day in Lewis & Clark history...
Clark takes the keelboat past Florissant village, now a suburb of St. Louis, and then arrives at the Riviére á Dubois just below the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi rivers. Lewis is in St. Louis collecting data.
From the journals...
Monday the 12th of December
The hunders which I had sent out to examine the Countrey in Deferent derections, returned with Turkeys & opossoms and informed me the Countrey was butifull and had great appearance of Gaim.
Wild turkey, Meleagris gallopavo
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