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The boats paddle 15 miles up the Missouri camping near present Helena, Montana. Clark's party encounters sore feet from Prickly pear thorns and sharp rocks as they scout ahead. Attempts are made to signal the Shoshone with smoke signals.

just above our camp the river is again closed in by the Mouts. on both sides.

Meriwether Lewis

Missouri River at York

Missouri River entering hills with steep sides

we find pleanty of ripe currents of different kinds red yallow and black. the black is the most palatable.

John Ordway

Golden currant, Ribes aureum

Black, yellow, and red currants

we encamped on the Lard. side near a spring on a high bank the prickly pears are so abundant that we could scarcely find room to lye.

Meriwether Lewis

Plains prickly pear, Opuntia macrorhiza

Field full of prickly pears

I saw a black woodpecker today about the size of the lark woodpecker as black as a crow. I indevoured to get a shoot at it but could not. it is a distinct species of woodpecker

Meriwether Lewis

Lewis Woodpecker, Melanerpes lewis

Bird with a long beak and red breast

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