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On this day in Lewis & Clark history...

Today at Fort Mandan, Clark summarized the problems attempting to free the boats from the Missouri River ice. He describes a plan to use iron spikes on wooden poles, elk-skin rope, and a windlass—a drum with a hand crank.

From the journals...

This day we had Clear cold weather, nothing of consequence happened at the Fort worth mentioning.—

Joseph Whitehouse

the blacksmith again commences his opperations.

William Clark

Blacksmith anvil

A blacksmiths anvil with a war ax template drawn on the side

Photo taken with permission at Fort Mandan.