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On this day in Lewis & Clark history...

Clark sets out at first light to find a location to build their winter fort. He finds an area across the Missouri River from present Stanton, North Dakota. Lewis writes that to honor their neighbors, they will name it Fort Mandan.

From the journals...

we droped down a Short distance farther to a body & Bottom of large Timber where we commenced falling Timber, and fixing a camp close by the place where we intend for to build. picthed our tents & laid the foundation of one line of our huts, which consisted of 4 Rooms 14 feet Square. the other line will be the Same

John Ordway

Missouri River bottom

Missouri river bottom with grass and cottonwood trees