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On this day in Lewis & Clark history...

The men at Fort Mandan are busy making rope, charcoal, hides, and clothes. They also cure meat and forge Indian war axes to trade for corn. Gass' party continues to make pirogues from cottonwood trees found several miles up the river.

I am ingaged in Copying a map, men building perogus, makeing Ropes, Burning Coal, Hanging up meat & makeing battle axes for Corn

William Clark

Missouri war axe

Missouri War axe with studded handle and heart-shaped cutout

the work hands got their axes repaired and drew 2 days provisions and went up to camp by their work untill they have the 4 perogues completed.

John Ordway


Historic adze with a pipe

From the collection of Bud Clark.