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...
Sunday February 3d
This day we had Clear cold weather, nothing of consequence happened at the Fort worth mentioning.—
3rd of February Sunday 1805.
the blacksmith again commences his opperations.
Photo taken with permission at Fort Mandan.