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On this day in Lewis & Clark history...

The men work to construct the floor of the interpreters' cabin at Fort Mandan. The blacksmith's forge is lit, and several Indians are fascinated by the heating and shaping of iron to make tools and useful implements.

From the journals...

Several Indians here to Day, much Surprised at the Bellos & method of makeing Sundery articles of Iron

William Clark

Blacksmith bellows and forge

Large bellows connected to a blacksmith forge

Photo taken with permission at Fort Union Trading Post, U.S. National Park Service historic site.

we went about laying a flower in the Intrepeters room & finishing the blacksmiths Shop &.C.

John Ordway

Charbonneau and Sacajawea's room

Double bed in Charbonneau's and Sacajawea's hu

Photo taken with permission at Fort Mandan.