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The Expedition continues up the river delaying to clear a snag and to visit with locals. They also visit Tavern Cave, a stopping place popular with river travelers. They camp near present Saint Albans, Missouri.

From the journals...

halted at an endented part of a Rock which juted over the water, Called by the french the tavern which is a Cave 40 yds. long with the river 4 feet Deep & about 20 feet high, this is a place the India[ns; hole in paper] & french Pay omage to, many names are wrote up on the rock Mine among others

William Clark

Tavern Cave

Small cave in sandstone rock

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No. 3. Was taken on the 23rd of May 1804, near the mouth of the Osage Woman's creek, it is a srub and resembles much in growth the bladder scenna, it rises to hight of eight or ten feet and is an inhabitant of a moist rich soil.— it is a handsome Shrub.1

Meriwether Lewis

Indigo, Amorpha fruticosa

Plant with a spike of purple petals

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