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...
27th December 1804 Thursday
Several Indians here to Day, much Surprised at the Bellos & method of makeing Sundery articles of Iron
Blacksmith bellows and forge
Photo taken with permission at Fort Union Trading Post, U.S. National Park Service historic site.
Thursday 27th Decr.
we went about laying a flower in the Intrepeters room & finishing the blacksmiths Shop &.C.
Charbonneau and Sacajawea's room
Photo taken with permission at Fort Mandan.