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On this day in Lewis & Clark history...

The men are tormented by mosquitoes during the night. During the day, they travel around an 18 mile long bend in the Missouri River that can be crossed by land in less than a mile. They camp near present Snyder Bend Park, Iowa.

From the journals...

We embarked and got under way before day light. The musketoes last night were worse than I ever experienced. We went round a bend, of eighteen miles, the neck of which was only 974 yards across

Patrick Gass

Missouri River

Keelboat, red pirogue, and white pirogue on the river bank

Painting previously located in Southern Hills Mall, Sioux City, Iowa and created by by Split Rock Studios.