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On this day in Lewis & Clark history...

At Rope Walk Camp near present Waverly, Missouri, the men finish making 600 feet of new rope and 20 new oars. The men apply bear grease to deter the mosquitoes.

From the journals...

we continue to repare our ropes & make oars all day, heavy rain all the fore pt. of the day, the party Drying meat & greesing themselves, Several men with the Disentary, and two thirds of them with ulsers or Boils, Some with 8 or 10 of those Tumers    Mesquetors verry bad    we finish our Cords & oars this evening    Men in Spirits1

William Clark

Rope made from twisted elk skins

Braided ropes of elk skin and hemp

Elk skin rope created by John Fisher.