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On this day in Lewis & Clark history...

While wintering at Fort Mandan (7 miles ESE of Stanton, North Dakota), the men begin to cut the ice away from the keelboat and pirogues.

From the journals...

all hands Employed at cutting away the Ice from round the Barge & pearogues. they Soon cut through the Ice in places. the water Gushed over where they had cut so they had to quit cutting with axes.

John Ordway

Fort Mandan

Winter scene of a log fort

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