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On this day in Lewis & Clark history...

At winter camp near present Alton, Illinois, the men, keelboat, and two large pirogues are ready to head up the Missouri River. Clark worries that they do not have enough merchandise for the many Indians they may meet on their journey.

From the journals...

Boats and every thing Complete, with the necessary Stores of provisions & such articles of merchendize as we thought ourselves autherised to precure—tho' not as much as I think necssy for the multitud of Inds. tho which we must pass on our road across the Continent &. &.

William Clark

Keelboat captains quarters

Inside a museum replica of the keel boat captain's quarters

This photo is provided as a service by the U.S. Army Center of Military History.