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On this day in Lewis & Clark history...

The men continue preparing for their journey up the Missouri River. A French fur trader passes by Fort Mandan on his way to the Mandan and Arikara villages.

From the journals...

clear and pleasant. the men at work making coal &.C. a light Squawl of Snow fell about 4 oClock this morning. nothing extroardinary.

John Ordway

Fort Mandan in winter

Fort Mandan in winter

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