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On this day in Lewis & Clark history...

As winter quarters are constructed near present Alton, Illinois, Samuel Griffith, whose farm is between the Missouri and Mississippi rivers, drops by. Charles Floyd is sent to Cahokia with letters for Lewis to post.

From the journals...

Continu to raise Cabins, Sent off C Floyd to Koho [Cahokia] with Letters for Capt Lewis to put in the post office &. I write a Speech &c &c.

William Clark

Mississippi River keelboat

Historic painting of a keelboat on the Mississippi River

Painting by Karl Bodmer, circa 1833.