On this day in Lewis & Clark history...
On his way to Clark's camp below the planned portage of the Great Falls, Lewis finds a sulfur spring with very clear water. He ferries across the Missouri to join Clark, and he becomes very concerned with Sacagawea's health.
From the journals...
Sunday June 16th 1805.
this spring is situated about 200 yards from the Missouri on the N. E. side nearly opposite to the entrance of a large creek; the water is as transparent as possible strongly impregnated with sulpher
June 16th of Sunday 1805
The 2 men despatched to examine the Portage gave an unfavourable account of the Countrey, reporting that the Creek & 2 deep reveens cut the Prarie in such a manner between the river and mountain as to render a portage in their oppinion for the Canoes impossible—
Plains above the Great Falls of the Missouri
Sunday 16th June 1805.
in the bottoms is a great quantity of flax growing all in blue blossoms &C.
Blue flax, Linum lewisii
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