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On this day in Lewis & Clark history...

The Expedition is ready to depart, but one more day is spent at Fort Mandan while the Captains wait for word from the Arikara who agreed to travel to Washington.

From the journals...

We had fine Clear weather during these days, And all our Men were employed in loading the Crafts, which they compleated on the 6th instant

Joseph Whitehouse

Keelboat on the Missouri

Boxes and bales covered with sail cloth on the deck of a keelboa

This photo is provided as a service by the U.S. Army Center of Military History.