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On this day in Lewis & Clark history...

The Expedition splits into two parties. Because of his inflamed ankle, Clark remains with the canoes and camps near Beaverhead rock, a landmark named by the Indians. Lewis is further ahead near present Dillon, Montana.

From the journals...

I directed my course across the bottom to the Stard. plain led left the beaver's head about 2 miles to my left and interscepted the river about 8 miles from the point at which I had left it; I then waded it and continued my rout to the point where I could observe that entered the mountain, but not being able to reach that place, changed no direction to the river which I struck some miles below the mountain and encamped for the evening having traveled 16 M.

Meriwether Lewis

Beaverhead Rock

Large rock and prairie in early morning light

the River and Smooth prarie the Same as yesterday.

Joseph Whitehouse

Beaverhead River

Beaverhead River makes a green swath surrounded by low, sage brush covered hills