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On this day in Lewis & Clark history...

The only visitor to Fort Mandan, across from present Stanton, North Dakota, is a North West Company trader who has come to engage Charbonneau's services. Several men visit the nearby Mandan villages. Lewis plays backgammon.

From the journals...

played at the good old game of backgammon

Meriwether Lewis

Backgammon game

Backgamman games on a wood table

Photo taken with permission at Fort Mandan.

pleasant    Seven of our men went up to the Mandan Villages

John Ordway

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.