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On this day in Lewis & Clark history...

The last dugout canoe and remaining cargo are hauled up the steep hill above Lower Portage Camp. They continue over the plains 6 miles and camp at present Box Elder Creek. At Upper Portage Camp, the men work on the iron boat.

we Set out with the remaining canoe and baggage took it to the top of the hill three miles.

John Ordway

Portaging around the Great Falls

Painting of Great Falls portage of the Lewis and Clark expedition

Painting previously located in Southern Hills Mall, Sioux City, Iowa and created by by Split Rock Studios.

The White bear have become so troublesome to us that I do not think it prudent to send one man alone on an errand of any kind, particularly where he has to pass through the brush. we have seen two of them on the large Island opposite to us today...

Meriwether Lewis

Grizzly, Ursus arctos horribilis

Statue of a large dog

Drawing from a sign at the Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail Interpretive Center in Great Falls, Montana.

They [the white bear] come close arround our camp every night but have never yet ventured to attack us and our dog gives us timely notice of their visits, he keeps constantly padroling all night. I have made the men sleep with their arms by them as usual for fear of accedents.

Meriwether Lewis


Statue of a large dog

Statue displayed at the Great Falls Visitor Center.