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On this day in Lewis & Clark history...

At Fort Mandan, several of the men have come down with colds. The tools to make rope are put in place. Work begins to twist several strips of elk skin into a large rope that will be used to haul the keelboat onto the shore.

From the journals...

Rope works fixed. Several hands employed makeing a large Rope for the purpose of drawing the Barge up the Bank &C.

John Ordway

Braided elk skin rope

Rope made from three strands of twisted elkskin

Elk skin rope created by John Fisher and the Discovery Expedition of St. Charles, Missouri.