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On this day in Lewis & Clark history...

While at their winter Camp at Wood River, Illinois, Clark's chimney catches fire during the night. The Mississippi River ice runs against the banks with great force, but the keelboat is safe.

From the journals...

my Chimney got on fire last night, a fair morning, the wind from the S West

William Clark

Chimney

Chimney and roof made from cottonwood logs

Photo taken with permission at Fort Mandan.