On this day in Lewis & Clark history...
Clark kills a pronghorn and Shields kills a white-tailed jackrabbit. Lewis scientifically describes both in his natural history notes. Clark searches unsuccessfully for an old volcano reported to be in this part of present South Dakota.
From the journals...
14th Septr. Friday 1804.
I Killed a Buck Goat of this Countrey, about the hight of the Grown Deer, its body Shorter, the Horns which is not very hard and forks 2/3 up one prong Short the other round & Sharp arched
he is more like the Antilope or Gazella of Africa than any other Species of Goat.
Pronghorn, Antilocapra americana
Painting by Karl Bodmer circa 1833.
Friday 14th Sept. 1804.
John Shields who went on Shore with the horse killed a verry large white rabbit or haire it was as big as a Ureopian hare.— nearly all white—& of a different discription of any one ever yet Seen in the States.—
White-tailed jackrabbit, Lepus townsendii
Photo created by the U.S. National Park Service.