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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...

Joseph Fields finish a Table & 2 Seats for us.
we dry our wet articles before the fire, and have our blankets fleed

William Clark

Fort Clatsop officer quarters

Wooden table and chair

Photo taken with permission at Lewis and Clark National Historic Park, Fort Clatsop.

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.—

Patrick Gass

Fort Clatsop

Video taken with permission at Lewis and Clark National Historic Park, Fort Clatsop.