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On this day in Lewis & Clark history...

Sergeant Gass reports the first rain at Fort Mandan since November. Sergeant Ordway has a hard day hauling meat by sled on the melting river ice. Lewis returns to the Fort, and Clark describes the Mandan Medicine Stone.

From the journals...

the Snow and Ice thoughed on the River considerable So that it was wet & Slopy halling the Sled. we pushed on and arived at the Fort before Sunset with all our meat and Skins &.C. the men generally fatigued halling a heavy load 21 miles on the hard Ice & Snow in places which made the Sleds run hard except where the Ice was Smoth under—

John Ordway

Missouri River near Fort Mandan (looking upstream)

Frozen Missouri river near modern Garrison Dam

Photo by United States Geological Survey.