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After making 13¾ miles up the Missouri, the boats stop early at No Preserve Island. There, they make a new mast for the keelboat from cedar. In his natural history notes, Lewis describes a bullsnake.

We passed under a Bluff of Blue earth, under which Seveal Mineral Springs broke out of the water of which had a taste like Salts

William Clark

Missouri River near Niobrara

Historical painting of the Missouri River before the filling of Francis Lake reservoir

Painting by Karl Bodmer circa 1833.

One of the hunter Shields, informed that he Saw Several black tailed Deer, near the Poncaser Village

William Clark

Mule deer, Odocoileus hemionus

Head of a young mule deer

No.34 The leaf of oak which is common to the praries 5th September 1804.

Pursh (Meriwether Lewis)

Bur (Burr) oak, Quercus macrocarpa

Immature acorns and leaves on a Bur oak tree

The author, Mongo, has released this photo to the Public Domain.

Rosa Open prairies Septb: 5, 1804

Pursh (Meriwether Lewis)

Wild prairie rose, Rosa arkansana

Small wild rose

Photo ©2007 Alex W. Covington. Downloaded from Wikimedia and used with permission of the GNU Free Documentation License.