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On this day in Lewis & Clark history...

While waiting for the iron boat to dry near present Great Falls, Montana, the men make tents from the old sails. Because their leather rots quickly from frequently being wet, they sew more clothes.

we have no tents; the men are therefore obliged to have recourse to the sails for shelter from the weather and we have not more skins than are sufficient to cover our baggage when stoed away in bulk on land.

Meriwether Lewis

Sail cloth tent

Sun setting on a sail cloth tent

Items provided by the Pacific Northwest Living Historians at Sacajawea State Park Heritage Days.

I am employed makeing leather cloaths for the party &c.

Joseph Whitehouse

Dressing skins

Drawing of an expedition member scraping a hide

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