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On this day in Lewis & Clark history...

With a fair morning and a favorable wind, the Expedition travels 26 miles up the Missouri camping in present McKenzie County, North Dakota. They see numerous bison, elk, and antelope, but the two bison they shot were lean and poor.

From the journals...

I walked on the S. S. Saw great numbs. of Buffalow feeding in the Plains at a distance

William Clark

American buffalo, Bison bison

Herd of buffalo scatteredon the grassy hills in spring

Photo provided by the National Bison Range Wildlife Refuge, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

Capt. Clark saw a Curlou today.

Meriwether Lewis

Long-billed curlew, Numenius americanus

Tan and black bird with a long, curved bill

Photo created Gary Kramer of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

we had a fair wind today which enabled us to sail the greater part of the distance we have travled, encamped on the Lard shore the extremity of the last course

Meriwether Lewis

Missouri River south of Williston, North Dakota

Wide river