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On this day in Lewis & Clark history...

Some of the crew building pirogues come to Fort Mandan for supplies. Clark packs the Indian trade goods into 8 bundles so that the pirogues can each carry one. Charbonneau is enlisted as an Interpreter.

From the journals...

collected Some herbs pla[n]ts in order to send by the boat. paticularly the root said to cure the bites of the mad dog and rattlesnake.

Clark or Lewis

Purple coneflower, Echinacea purpurea

Purple coneflower in summer bloom

Photo taken on August 2, 2011 at Sergeant Floyd Monument, Sioux City, Iowa.