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On this day in Lewis & Clark history...

The men struggle against hard currents and shifting sands. The keelboat grounds on sand and its tow rope breaks. At one point they must head down the Missouri 2 miles and try again. They name today's camp Retrograde Bend.

From the journals...

The Swiftness of the Current wheeled the boat, Broke our Toe rope, and was nearly over Setting the boat, all hand Jumped out on the upper Side and bore on that Side untill the Sand washed from under the boat and wheeled on the next bank && by the time She wheeled a 3rd Time got a rope fast to her Stern and by the means of Swimmers was Carred to Shore and when her Stern was down whilst in the act of Swinging a third time into Deep water near the Shore

William Clark

Missouri River

Painting of a keelboat and two pirogues on the shore of the Missouri River

Painting formerly located in Southern Hills Mall, Sioux City, Iowa and created by by Split Rock Studios.