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On this day in Lewis & Clark history...

With a firm shore to walk on, the men are able to tow the pirogues against the Missouri River current. During the night, a tree catches fire and leans over the Captain's tent. They move it just before the tree topples down.

From the journals...

Capt. Clark narrowly escaped being bitten by a rattlesnake in the course of his walk, the party killed one this evening at our encampment....
this snake is smaller than those common to the middle Atlantic States, being about 2 feet 6 inches long; it is of a yellowish brown colour on the back and sides, variagated with one row of oval spots of a dark brown colour lying transversely over the back from the neck to the tail, and two other rows of small circular spots of the same colour which garnis the sides along the edge of the scuta. it's bely contains 176 scuta on the belly and 17 on the tale.

Meriwether Lewis

Prairie rattlesnake, Crotalus viridis

Large rattlesnake coiled and ready to strike

Photo by Gary M. Stolz of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.