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On this day in Lewis & Clark history...

The men work to raise their log cabin huts at Fort Mandan. Some split puncheons—logs shaped flat on one side and round on the other. Others dig the latrine. Clark suffers from rheumatism, and Lewis spends the day writing.

From the journals...

all hands to work eairly raiseing the other line of our huts & Splitting out punchiens for to lay the loft which we intend covering over with earth in order to make the huts more warm and comfortable.

John Ordway

Cottonwood puncheons

Small cottonwood logs flat on one side and round on the other

Photo taken with permission at Fort Mandan.