On this day in Lewis & Clark history...
Privates Shields and Willard open their blacksmith shop, and the Indians bring in their broken axes and kettles. They pay with corn, beans, and squash. Clark remarks that 9° below 0 is no longer considered cold.
From the journals...
Saturday 29th Decr.
a Great nomber of the natives men women & children visited us the whole day as we Got the Blacksmiths Shop fixed they Brought their Squaw axes & kittle to fix and mend for which they Gave us corn & beans Squasshes &C—
Photo taken with permission at Fort Mandan.