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On this day in Lewis & Clark history...

The Expedition continues 14½ miles up the Missouri River below present Mobridge, South Dakota. They explore an old Arikara village with round, earthen lodges, bull boats, and squashes growing in the gardens.

From the journals...

we Saw Several canoes made of Buffalow hides which would carry 2 men & considerable baggage

John Ordway

in this bottom a band of the Rick a rees lived last winter. they left a nomber of round huts covered with earth, and Some water crafts made out of buffaloe hides.

Joseph Whitehouse

Mandan lodge

Round earthern works and entrance hall made with wood

Photo taken at the Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site, U.S. National Park Service.

we found Squashes of 3 Different Kinds growing in the Village

William Clark

Knife River Indian villages garden

Squash plant growing at Knife River Indian Village

Photo taken at the Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site, U.S. National Park Service.