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On this day in Lewis & Clark history...

The day is warm and muggy as the Expedition takes the boats another 12 miles up the Missouri River. Even those not working wet their shirts from sweat in just minutes. They camp near present Wathena, Kansas.

From the journals...

on the 4th point of to day is a Small Island & a Sand bar 2 miles out in the river, this is Called the Grand Bend, or Grande de Tour, I walked on this Sand bar    found it a light Sand intersperced with Small Pebbles of various Kinds, also pit Coal of an excellent quallity was lodged on the Sand

William Clark

Missouri River near St. Joseph, Missouri

Wide Missouri River flood plain

a whiper will perched on the Boat for a short time

John Ordway

Whip-poor-will, Caprimulgus vociferus

Painting of one whip-poor-will flying and another nesting

From birds of New York (New York State Museum. Memoir 12), Albany: University of the State of New York. Plates by Louis Agassiz Fuertes later reproduced in Birds of America (1917) by Thomas Gilbert Pearson (1873-1943) et al.