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On this day in Lewis & Clark history...

Several men are dispatched to find the Indian canoe that went adrift during the night. The only thing found is the elk meat the hunters left behind the previous day.

From the journals...

Sent a party early this morning for the Elk which was killed on the 9th.
there is atrade continually carryed on by the natives of the river each trading some article or other with their neighbours

Meriwether Lewis

Roosevelt elk, Cervus canadensis roosevelti

Large elk bull in profile

Photo taken on December 21, 2010 at the Jewell Meadows Wildlife Area.

this morning, we had pleasant weather.

Joseph Whitehouse

Netul Landing (Fort Clatsop) sunrise

Golden morning light, blue sky, and blue coastal river