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On this day in Lewis & Clark history...

The blowing sand makes it hard to see and turns the plains white. The men see plenty of game and signs of buffalo. The boats travel only 10 miles up the Missouri camping southeast of present Vermillion, South Dakota.

From the journals...

Jo. Fields came to the Boat informed us that he had killed a Bull Buffelow, Capt. Lewis & myself & 10 more of the party went out Bucherd & Brought it to the Boat
I Saw the beds & Signs of a great many more Buffelow But this was the first I ever Saw & as great a curiousity to me.

John Ordway

American Buffalo bull, Bison bison

Bison in a dust wallow