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On this day in Lewis & Clark history...

The day is warm as the men continue preparing Fort Mandan for the cold, northern winter. Logs are shaped to cover the roofs, and a rope made from 9 strands of braided elk skin is completed. Several men suffer from bad colds.

From the journals...

we continue to Cover our Huts with hewed punchens

William Clark

Puncheon roof

Cottonwood logs split on one side only layed out to cover a cabin roof

Photo taken with permission at Fort Mandan.

finishd. a Cord to draw our boat out on the bank, this is made 9 Strans of Elk Skin,—

William Clark

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.