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On this day in Lewis & Clark history...

As winter closes in on the northern plain, the men rush to complete their Fort Mandan huts. They attempt to split Cottonwood to make shingles, but find that the logs do not rive well. Three Hudson Bay traders arrive at the Mandan village.

From the journals...

we continued building with as much haste as possable in order to Git in them before winter Sets in. we found that the C. W. will rive well So that we are in hopes to make enofe to cover our buildings. but afterwards found it difficult and Gave up the Idea.

John Ordway

Cottonwood puncheon

Cottonwood logs and split boards

Photo taken with permission at Fort Mandan.