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At the Lemhi villages, the mornings continue to be cold and frosty. Clark joins Lewis at the lower village and trades his pistol and some ammunition for a horse. He informs the men of the rugged mountains between them and the Pacific ocean.

I left our baggage in possession of 2 men and proceeded on up to join Capt Lewis at the upper Village of Snake Indians where I arrived at 1 oClock found him much engaged in Counceling and attempting to purchase a fiew more horses.

William Clark

Lemhi Shoshone village

Painting of Clark meeting Lewis at an Indian village in a prairie

Painting previously located in Southern Hills Mall, Sioux City, Iowa and created by by Split Rock Studios.

The horses are handsom and much acustomed to be changed as to their Parsture; we cannot Calculate on their carrying large loads & feed on the Grass which we may Calculate on finding in the Mountain Thro which we may expect to pass on our rout

William Clark


Indian horse eating grass in a mountain pasture

I Spoke to the Indians on various Subjects endeavoring to impress on theire minds the advantaje it would be to them for to Sell us horses and expedite the our journey the nearest and best way possibly that we might return as Soon as possible and winter with them at Some place where there was plenty of buffalow.
I purchased a horse for which I gave my Pistol 100 Balls Powder & a Knife.

William Clark

Flintlock pistol

Flintlock pistol laying between two rifles

This pistol was displayed at the Great Falls Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, Great Falls, Montana.