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On this day in Lewis & Clark history...

On a snowy morning, the river ice threatens the boats forcing the men to unload and stow the cargo in the unfinished storeroom. While returning from the Village, Lewis' pirogue runs aground and they must walk the boat in the icy water.

From the journals...

Capt. Lewis returned with his party towards evening much fatigued. they got fast on a Sand bar & had to be out in the water abto. 2 hours. the Ice running against their legs. their close frooze on them. one of them got 1 of his feet frost bit. it hapned that they had Some whiskey with them to revive their Spirits.

John Ordway


Copper canteen laying on its side