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On this day in Lewis & Clark history...

The men continue final preparations to leave Fort Mandan. The Indians collect floating buffalo that died trying to cross the frozen river during the winter. Clark suspects a large ice dam has formed up the river.

From the journals...

but few Indians visit us to day    they are watching to catch the floating Buffalow which brake through the ice in Crossing, those people are fond of those animals ta[i]nted and Catch great numbers every Spring

William Clark

Herds of bison and elk on the on the upper Missouri

Two dugout canoes, one full of water

Painting by Karl Bodmer circa 1833.