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At Lower Portage Camp, Lewis has the men work on the iron boat frame and sends hunters out to obtain skins for its covering. Clark determines the route at the upper end of the portage. The high winds blow his field notes away.

After dark my dog barked very much and seemed extreemly uneasy which was unusual with him; I ordered the sergt. of the guard to reconniter with two men, thinking it possible that some Indians might be about to pay us a visit, or perhaps a white bear; he returned soon after & reported that he believed the dog had been baying a buffaloe bull

Meriwether Lewis


Statue of a Newfoundland dog

I returned to Camp late and deturmined that the best nearest and most eassy rout would be from the lower part of the 3rd or white bear Island

William Clark

Near White Bear Islands on the Missouri River

Bank of the Missouri River at the old White Bear Islands