On this day in Lewis & Clark history...
The Expedition struggles up the Missouri against a hard wind from the NW. One canoe takes on water ruining a sack of biscuits and 30 pounds of black powder. They camp just below present Garrison dam.
From the journals...
8th of April Monday 1805
From the upper part of an island just below Morparperyoopatoo's camp to a point of wood land on the Stad. Side passing a high bluff on the Lad. containing many horizontal narrow Stratas of Carbonated wood, wome of which are Sixty feet above the Surface of the water
Lignite coal strata
at 12 Oclock they came up and informed me that one of the small canoes was behind in distress. Capt Clark returned foud she had filled with water and all her loading wet. we lost half a bag of bisquit, and about thirty pounds of powder by this accedent;
Dugout canoe (pirogue)
Monday 8th April 1805.
we passed two villages of the Grossvantares or Bigbelleys at the lowermost one comes in a handsom River called Knife River. these 2 vill. are in a bottom but little timber. back of which is high open plains which is the Same on the N. S.
Knife and Missouri Rivers
Photo created by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
proceed on to oure encampment, which was on the S. side opposite to a high bluff.