On this day in Lewis & Clark history...
When drying items over fires in their Fort Clatsop cabins, the men discover the smoke makes them unlivable. Sergeant Gass recommends adding chimneys. Fleas must constantly be removed from blankets and bedding.
From the journals...
Thursday 26th December 1805
Joseph Fields finish a Table & 2 Seats for us.
we dry our wet articles before the fire, and have our blankets fleed
Fort Clatsop officer quarters
Photo taken with permission at Lewis and Clark National Historic Park, Fort Clatsop.
Thursday Decemr. 26h
We had Stormy weather the whole of this day. We found that our huts smoaked occasion'd by the hard wind; & find that we cannot live in them without building Chimneys.—
Video taken with permission at Lewis and Clark National Historic Park, Fort Clatsop.