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On this day in Lewis & Clark history...

The men complete Fort Mandan today. The last pickets are put in place, and the blacksmith shop is erected. The Captains distribute flour, pepper, and dried apples to each mess in preparation for tomorrow's Christmas meals.

From the journals...

Some Snow this morning. we finished Setting pickets & arected a blacksmiths Shop.

John Ordway

Fort Mandan blacksmith shop

Anvils, pails, and assorted blacksmith tools in a log cabin

Photo taken with permission at Fort Mandan.