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The Captains assemble everyone to discuss where to spend the winter. The Captains record each person's opinion including York and Sacagawea (but not Charbonneau's). They decide to cross the Columbia River and explore its southern shores.

Janey in favour of a place where there is plenty of Potas.
The Elk being an animal much larger than Deer, easier to kiled better meat

William Clark

The vote at Station Camp

Painting of the vote at Station Camp

Drawing by Roger Cooke, courtesy of the Washington State Historical Society.

this day proved fair which gave us an oppertunity of drying our wet articles, bedding &c. &c. nothing killed to day except one Brant. the variation of the Compass is 16° East.

William Clark

Clark's Triangulation at Station Camp

Brass relief of Clark's map of Station Camp

Photo taken with permission at Lewis and Clark National Historic Park, Station Camp.

The morning was fine with some white frost. As this was a fine clear day, it was thought proper to remAs this was a fine clear day, it was thought proper to remain here in order to make some observations, which the bad weather had before rendered impossible. The latitude of this bay was found to be 46° 19 11 7 north; and at our camp at the head of the bay the river is 3 miles and 660 yards wide.

Patrick Gass

Mouth of the Columbia River

Brass relief of the mouth of the Columbia

Brass relief on the Discovery Trail in Long Beach, Washington.

In the Evening our Officers had the whole party assembled in order to consult which place would be the best, for us to take up our Winter Quarters at. The greater part of our Men were of opinion; that it would be best, to cross the River...

Joseph Whitehouse

Point Ellice

Blue sky and calmer, blue Columbia River