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On this day in Lewis & Clark history...

After a rainy night at Station Camp, the day is calm but cloudy. Several men mark their names and the date on Alder trees near camp. Clark compares the Clatsop with the Chinook, noting they that were reduced by small pox and do not steal.

From the journals...

I marked my name the Day & year on a Alder tree, the party all Cut the first letters of their names on different trees in the bottom.

William Clark

Alder, Alnus rubra

Stand of thin, tall trees with white bark

In the evening the weather cleared and we had a fine night.

Patrick Gass

Columbia River at Station Camp

Large dark clouds giving way to clear sun over a wide river