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On this day in Lewis & Clark history...

Drouillard reports the first black bear seen in since setting up winter quarters at Fort Clatsop. Lewis writes about the douglas fir and red alder. Several men are busy tanning hides and sewing moccasins and clothing.

From the journals...

Fearing that our meat would Spoil we Set Six men to jurking it to day, which they are obliged to perform in a house under shelter from the repeated rains.

William Clark

principally rain which has fallen.

Meriwether Lewis

Rain barrel at Fort Clatsop

Barrel collecting rain water

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

The stem of the black alder of this country before mentioned as arriving to great size, is simply branching and defuse. the bark is smooth of a light colour with whte coloured spreading spots or blotches, resembling much that of the beech; the leaf fructification &c is precisely that of the common alder of our country.

Meriwether Lewis

Fallen red alder, Alnus rubra, at Fort Clatsop

white and black bark of a large tree with a branching trunk

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