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On this day in Lewis & Clark history...

At the mouth of the Columbia River, the rain continues all night and most of the day. Their clothing and robes have rotted. Colter returns and reports a large sandy beach is not far ahead. Lewis leaves camp to find white traders or sailors.

From the journals...

Capt. Lewis is object is also to find a Small Bay as laid down by Vancouver
if we have Cold weather before we Can kill & Dress Skins for Clothing the bulk of the party will Suffer verry much.

William Clark

Columbia River near the Dismal Nitch

Rolling waves on a stormy day

the Storm continues, and obledges us to Stay in this disagreeable harbour with nothing but pounded Sammon to Eat.

John Ordway

Columbia River near the Dismal Nitch

Rocks, logs, and cloudy day on the Columbia River