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On this day in Lewis & Clark history...

Lewis wades across the shallow Jefferson River as his group hikes ahead of the canoes. They camp north of Waterloo. Behind Lewis, Clark's group pulls the canoes against the rapid Jefferson camping near Whitehall, Montana.

From the journals...

the plain ascends gradually on either side of the river to the bases of two ranges of mountains which ly parrallel to the river and which terminate the width of the vally. the tops of these mountains were yet partially covered with snow while we in the valley.

Meriwether Lewis

Twin Bridges, Montana

Grassy valley with snow on the mountains behind the river

The Country on the N W. Side rises to a low plain and extends leavel for great extent. Some high rugid hills in the forepart of this day on the S E.

William Clark

Jefferson River near Waterloo, Montana

Wide grassy valley with mountains in the background