On this day in Lewis & Clark history...
As the Missouri River turns south, the Expedition is delayed by a strong head wind. They travel only 13 miles camping in present Williams county, North Dakota. Two men dispute the ownership of a single beaver caught in both of their traps.
From the journals...
Thursday April 18th 1805.
I walked with them on the bank; found a species of pea bearing a yellow flower, and now in blume; it seldom rises more than 6 inches high, the leaf & stalk resembles that of the common gardin pea, the root is pirenial.
Golden pea, Thermopsis rhombifolia
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[Weather Journal for April 18, 1805]
saw a flock of pillecan pass from S. W. to N. E. they appeared to be on a long flight.—
American white pelican, Pelecanus erythrorhynchos
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