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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...

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—

John Ordway

Blacksmith forge

Blacksmith forge heating a small iron round

Photo taken with permission at Fort Mandan.