On this day in Lewis & Clark history...
The Expedition continues up the Missouri just west of the present Montana border with North Dakota. With a tailwind, they are able to use their sails. They see river hills with layers of black coal and red clay.
From the journals...
Sunday 28th April 1805.
we Camped in a handsom bottom of c. w. timber on N. S. high steep bluffs on S. S. Came 24 miles this day.
Missouri River at Culbertson bridge
28th of April Sunday 1805
the Bluffs in this part as also below Shew different Straturs of Coal or carbonated wood, and Coloured earth, such as dark brown, yellow a lightish brown, & a dark red &c.
Coal strata in a Missouri River hill
Sunday April 28th 1805.
we saw great quantities of game today; consisting of the common and mule deer, Elk, Buffaloe, and Antelopes;
Missouri River bluffs near Bainville, Montana
Photo of an interpretive sign at Culbertson Bridge, Montana.
the banks on the Missouri are not so high as below it, and the sand bars are more in the middle of the river.