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On this day in Lewis & Clark history...

While at their winter camp opposite St. Louis, Fields makes a risky crossing of the Mississippi River using floating ice. Clark suffers from the ordeal of yesterday's trip and mentions geographic information gathered from James Mackay.

From the journals...

at 1 oClock Joseph Fields returned, & crossed the River between the Sheets of floating Ice with Some risque, his excuse for Staying so long on the Mississippi were that the Ice run so thick in the Missourie where he was 30 miles up that there was no crossing, he Says that the people is greatly in favour of the Americans

William Clark

Missouri River ice flow

Large sheets of ice flowing in the river

Photo created by the U.S. National Park Service.