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On this day in Lewis & Clark history...

The wind blows as the thermometer drops to 21° below 0. The Captains decide it is too cold to hunt. Men are sent gather the meat, but it is too cold to butcher them. The hunters return to Fort Mandan. Several suffer from frostbite.

From the journals...

Sent out three horses for meat & with Derections for all the hunters to return to the fort as Soon as possible    at 1 oClock the horses returned loaded   at night all the hunters returned, Several a little frosted

William Clark


Indian saddle with trade blankets and buffalo hide saddle blanket