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While wintering at Fort Clatsop (Astoria, Oregon), Lewis describes the orange honeysuckle, blue elderberry, ninebark, and mountain huckleberry. They enjoy a fine supper of elk marrowbone and brisket.

The small pox has distroyed a great number of the natives in this quarter.
it prevailed about 4 years since among the Clatsops and distroy several hundred of them...

Meriwether Lewis

Chinook girl

Historic photo of Chinook girl with basket

Photo by Edward S. Curtis circa 1910.

The Elder also common to our country grows in great abundance in the rich woodlands on this side of the rocky Mountains....

Meriwether Lewis

Elderberry, sambucus canadensis

Large clump of elderberries

The seven bark or nine-bark as it is called in the U' States is also common in this quarter.

Meriwether Lewis

Ninebark, Physocarpus capitatus

Large, round bloom with small white petals

Photo ©2008 Walter Sigmund. Permission via the GNU Free Documentation License.

There is a species of huckleberry common to the piny lands from the commencement of the Columbian valley to the seacoast
the fruit is a small deep perple berry which the natives inform us is very good.

Meriwether Lewis

Mountain huckleberry, Vaccinium membranaceum

Two large blue berries on a green bush

Photo ©2009 Jason Hollinger. Permission via the Creative Commons 2.0 License.

In this neighbourhood I observe the honeysuckle common in our country

Meriwether Lewis

Orange honeysuckle, Lonicera ciliosa

Bright orange Honeysuckle flower

Photo ©2007 Walter Sigmund Permission via the GNU Free Documentation License.