On this day in Lewis & Clark history...
At Council Bluff north of present Fort Calhoun, Nebraska, Clark prepares a peace pipe anticipating that the Oto will soon arrive for a council. Two men search for lost horses and others search for the Oto. Neither are found.
From the journals...
August the 1st 1804
the Praries Contain Cheres, Apple, Grapes, Currents, Rasp burry, Gooseberris Hastlenuts and a great Variety of Plants & flours not Common to the U S. What a field for a Botents [botanist] and a natirless [naturalist]
No. 12. 1st of August 1804.
one of our hunters brought us a bough of the purple courant, which is frequently cultivated in the Atlantic states; the fruit was ripe; I presume it is a native of North America— here it grows generally in the praries but is not very abundant.— No. 12 is a specimine of it's leaves.—1
Wild black currant, Ribes americanum
Photo presented at Fort Osage (unknown photographer).