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On this day in Lewis & Clark history...

Sergeant Ordway, who has been in Cahokia, returns to the winter camp. Rising waters sweep an Indian's canoe from the mouth of the Wood River.

From the journals...

if the present fresh continus a fiew days, the water passing down this Small river will Wash off all that immence quantity of mud which has filled up its mouth for 300 yards by the Missouris ooze or mud

William Clark

Missouri River tributary

Thick woods along a small river

Painting by Karl Bodmer of the Fox River circa 1833.