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On this day in Lewis & Clark history...

Lewis sets small fires under the iron boat to dry out its skin covering. Seam sealer is made from charcoal, beeswax, and buffalo tallow. A small group visits the Great Falls and Clark and 12 others pursue a nearby buffalo herd.

From the journals...

The plains in this part of the country are not so fertile as below the entrance of the Cockkle or missel shell river and from thence down the Missouri there is also much more stone on the sides of the hills and on the broken lands than below.—

Meriwether Lewis

Plains below the Great Falls

Missouri River and plains below the Great Falls