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The morning is cold with ice ¼ inch thick in the kettles. The Expedition travels 18½ miles camping near the present Poplar River which they name Porcupine Creek. They name the present Red Water Creek 2000 Mile Creek.

This river we call Porcupine from the great number of those anamals found about it's mouth.—

William Clark

it is a beatifull bold runing stream, 40 yards wide at it's entrance; the water is transparent

Meriwether Lewis

Poplar River

Still water reflecting a blue sky

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I walked out a little distance and met with 2 porcupines which were feeding on the young willow which grow in great abundance on all the sandbars; this anamal is exceedingly clumsy and not very watchfull I approached so near one of them before it percieved me that I touched it with my espontoon.—

Meriwether Lewis

Porcupine, Erethizon dorsatum

Two porcupines in a small tree

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