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On this day in Lewis & Clark history...

One of the French engagés is sent with three Oto to invite that nation to council. Willard drops his rifle crossing Boyer River and R. Field dives in to retrieve it. The Expedition moves 10 miles north through present Iowa/Nebraska.

From the journals...

the Missouri is much more crooked since we passed the Great River Platte than before but not So Rapid in general; & more praries, the Timber Scarser &C—   The Timber mostly Cottonwood except on the hills: which is oak Black Walnut hickery Elm Bass wood &C

John Ordway

Cottonwood tree

Small tree growing on the Missouri River shore