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On this day in Lewis & Clark history...

After waiting for the fog to clear, the Expedition heads up the Missouri River at 8 am. They pass coal banks and prairies where deer feed on crab apples. They camp on an island near present Sugar Creek, Missouri.

From the journals...

a Prarie is Situated on the S. S. a Short Distance from the river, which contains great quantities of wild apples of the Size of the Common apple, the French Say is well flavered when ripe, which is the time the leaves begin to fall

William Clark

Wild crab apple, Pyrus ioensis

Botanical drawing of a wild crab apple

Drawing from Curtis's Botanical Magazine, London., vol. 139.