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On this day in Lewis & Clark history...

The winds northeast of present Gilliam, Missouri make steering the boats impossible so the Expedition uses the day to dry their wet cargo. Clark has a bad cold. The hunters kill two deer and two bear which are made into jerky.

From the journals...

we had the meat Jurked and also the Venison, which is a Constant Practice to have all the fresh meat not used, Dried in this way.

William Clark

Jerked meat

Dried strips of elk on a tin plate