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On this day in Lewis & Clark history...

At Fort Mandan, the temperature rises to zero. Clark heads out to hunt, and it begins to snow. Several Mandan visit the fort, and at one point, Ordway counts 14 Mandan eating in his hut. Gass records three inches of new snow.

From the journals...

a fine morning. wind from the S. E.    the murckerey Stood at '0' this morning

William Clark

The snow fell about three inches deep.

Patrick Gass

Mandan Village

Painting of Mandan village in winter

Painting previously located in Southern Hills Mall, Sioux City, Iowa and created by by Split Rock Studios.