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...
29th [March 28, 1805]
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
Herds of bison and elk on the on the upper Missouri
Painting by Karl Bodmer circa 1833.