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On this day in Lewis & Clark history...

While wintering at Fort Mandan (7 miles ESE of Stanton, North Dakota), 2 men are making hand sleds to trade for food, and Whitehouse reports that they attempted to melt the ice surrounding the boat using heated stones.

From the journals...

2 men employed makeing hand Sleds for the Savages for which they Gave us corn & beans.

John Ordway

Flint corn, Zea mays indurata

Corn on the cob showing bright, varied colors

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