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On this day in Lewis & Clark history...

At one point, the current is so strong that oars, sails, and towing must all be employed to move the boats. Submerged logs and the crumbling Missouri River banks add to the danger. They make 12¼ miles to present Malta Bend.

From the journals...

passed thro a very bad part of the river, the wost moveing Sands I ever Saw, the Current So Strong that the Ours and Sales under a Stiff bresse Cld. not Stem it, we wre oblged to use a toe rope, under a bank Constantly falling

William Clark

Missouri River

Keelboat and two pirogues heading up the Missouri River

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