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On this day in Lewis & Clark history...

At Tongue Point, the men tire of dried salmon. Clark hopes that Lewis has found a good location for winter quarters. Joseph Field finds an elk herd, shoots one, and brings in the marrowbones. Six men are sent to bring back the meat.

From the journals...

In the evening Joseph Field came in with the Marrow bones of a elk
this is the first Elk which has been killd. on this Side of the rockey mountains—

William Clark

Roosevelt elk, Cervus canadensis roosevelti

Herd of Elk at Fort Clatsop walking though marsh grasses

Photo courtesy of the National Park Service.

Cloudy with Some rain this morning

William Clark

Columbia River from Tongue Point

Columbia River viewed from Tongue Point on a stormy morning

Joseph Fields came home with the marrow bones of an Elk which he had killed 6 miles distant, I sent out 6 men in a canoe for the meat, the evening being late they did not return this night, which proved fair moon Shineing night—

William Clark

Gutting an elk

Painting of Shields gutting an elk

This painting by Roger Cooke is on an interpretive sign on the Astoria Riverwalk Trail near Tongue Point.