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The Expedition stops early at the mouth of the Little Missouri River so that they can explore and make navigation measurements. On the way, the Red pirogue manages to be towed safely under a high, crumbling river bank.

the red perogue contrary to my expectation or wish passed under this bank by means of her toe line where I expected to have seen her carried under every instant. I did not discover that she was about to make this attempt untill it was too late for the men to reembark, and retreating is more dangerous than proceeding in such cases; they therefore continued their passage up this bank, and much to my satisfaction arrived safe above it. this cost me some moments of uneasiness, her cargo was of much importance to us in our present advanced situation—

Meriwether Lewis

Missouri River bank

Steep and crumbling bank

Photo by the U.S. Geological Survey.

found a great quantity of small onions in the plain where we encamped; had some of them collected and cooked, found them agreeable. the bulb grows single, is of an oval form, white, and about the size of a small bullet; the leaf resem that of the shive

Meriwether Lewis

White wild onion, Allium textile

Small onion plant with white blooms growing in very rocky ground

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one of our men Baptiest who came down this river in a canoe informs me that it is not navagable, he was 45 days descending.

William Clark

Little Missouri River

Cut banks alongs the Little Missouri River

Photo created by the U.S. National Park Service.

on the side of a hill not distant from our camp I found some of the dwarf cedar of which I preserved a specimen (See No. 2). they grow so close as perfectly to conceal the eath. I have often thought that this plant would make very handsome edgings to the borders and walks of a garden;

Meriwether Lewis

Creeping juniper, Juniperus horizontalis

reen shrub with blue berries and leaves similar to cedar trees

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I killed a Hare Changeing its Colour Some parts retaining its long white fur & other parts assumeing the Short grey

William Clark

White-tailed jackrabbit, Lepus townsendii

Light colored rabbit sitting in the prairie

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