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On this day in Lewis & Clark history...

The day is clear and pleasant, and the men load the pirogues so that they can leave Fort Mandan tomorrow. Gass ponders the fate of his journal and reflects on a winter spent with the company of Mandan women.

From the journals...

clear and pleasant. we Sorted all our loading and divided a proportion of each Sort for each perogue, and loaded all the perogues and got ready for a Start, on our Journey.

John Ordway

Missouri River near Fort Mandan

Bales and boxes on the shore and two small pirogues lashed together

Photo created by the U.S. Geological Survey.