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On this day in Lewis & Clark history...

The men, Sacagawea, and Jean-Baptiste shelter in a small nitch on the Columbia River shore barely out of harm's way and unable to keep dry. The Captains are impressed with the ability of the Chinook to navigate the high waves.

From the journals...

The morning was wet and the wind still blowing, so that we could not proceed; we therefore built large fires and made our situation as comfortable as possible, but still bad enough, as we have no tents, or covering to defend us, except our blankets and some mats we got from the Indians, which we put on poles to keep off the rain.

Patrick Gass

Dismal Nitch

Painting of Drouillard and Lewis talking with Chinook indians

Painting by Michael Haynes on display at Sacajawea State Park (Washington).

a hard rain all the last night we again get wet
the trees we camped on was all on flote for about 2 hours from 3 untill 5 oClock P M

William Clark

Dismal Nitch

Statue of Lewis, Clark, Sacajawea, Pomp, and Seaman on the rainy shore strewn with drifting logs

those people left us and Crossed the river (which is about 5 miles wide at this place) through the highest waves I ever Saw a Small vestles ride.
Those Indians are Certainly the best Canoe navigators I ever Saw.

William Clark

Clatsops leaving Dismal Nitch

Painting of Clatsop Indians in canoe leaving the Dismal Nitch and going through high waves

Drawing by Roger Cooke. Courtesy of the Washington State Historical Society.