On this day in Lewis & Clark history...
The Expedition encounters a bend in the Missouri full of islands and shallow, braided channels. The keelboat nearly turns over. They then head up the wrong side of a large island and must turn back. They name the island Troublesome Island.
From the journals...
Septr. 12th Wednesday 1804
we passed (1) a Island the middle of the river at the head of which we found great dificuelty in passing between the Sand bars the water Swift and Shallow, it took ¾ of the day to make one mile, we Camped on the L. S. opsd. a Village of Barking Prarie Squriels
Lining the keelboat
No. 58 12th September.
growth of high & dry prarie—
Rough blazing star, Liatris aspera
Photo created by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
High dry prairies Septb: 12, 1804
Rigid goldenrod, Solidago rigida
Photo by Missouri Department of Conservation as presented on a sign at Fort Osage.