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On this day in Lewis & Clark history...

While at their winter quarters across from St. Louis, Clark stages a shooting contest, describes the American lotus, and notes that two men (perhaps Reed and Windsor) were drunk.

From the journals...

Several men Come from the Countrey to See us & Shoot with the men, they bring Sugare &c. to trade, I purchase Sugar 6 lb at 1/6 per pound, I put up a Dollar to be Shot for, the two best Shots to win    Gibson best    the Countrey people won ther dollar—

William Clark

Harpers Ferry rifle

Rifle works of a replica Harpers Ferry 1803 rifle

Rifle provided by the Discovery Expedition of St. Charles, Missouri.