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On this day in Lewis & Clark history...

While wintering at Fort Mandan, 7 miles ESE of Stanton, North Dakota, Clark attends to the frozen feet of Mandan boy who had stayed out all night after a day of hunting. The temperature is recorded at 40° below 0.

From the journals...

This morning a boy of 13 years of age Came to the fort with his feet frozed, haveing Stayed out all night without fire, with no other Covering than a Small Robe goat skin leagens & a pr. Buffalow Skin mockersons— we had his feet put in Cold water and they are Comeing too—

William Clark

Fort Mandan in winter

Fort Mandan in winter

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