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While stationed at Rock Fort at present The Dalles, Oregon, men are sent to Indian villages to invite them to trade for horses. On the north shore, Clark's party socializes at an Indian village so that they can trade with them tomorrow.

about 8 oClock this morning I passed the river with the two interpreters, and nine men in order to trade with the nativs for their horses, for which purpose I took with me a good part of our Stock of merchindize.

William Clark

The Dalles near Rock Fort

Historic photo of The Dalles

Photo by Carleton E. Watkins circa 1867.

The Skillutes precure the most of their Cloth knivs axes & beeds from the Indians from the North of them who trade with white people
lay my Self down on a Mat to Sleep but was prevented by the mice and vermin with which this house abounded

William Clark

Deer mouse, Peromyscus maniculatus

small mouse poking its head out of the snow

Photo created by the U.S. National Park Service.

This is the Great Mart of all this Country. ten different tribes who reside on Taptate and Catteract River visit those people for the purpose of purchaseing their fish

William Clark

Celilo Falls

Historic photo of Celilo Falls

Photo by Benjamin Gifford circa 1900.

our present station is the last point at which there is a single stick of timber on the river for a great distance and is the commencement of the open plains which extend nearly to the base of the rocky

Meriwether Lewis

Dallesport, Washington

Green, grazed plain in front of barren hills

Reubin Feilds returned in the evening and brought with him a large grey squirrel and two others of a kind I had never before seen.

Meriwether Lewis

California ground squirrel, Spermophilus beecheyi

Close-up of small gray and tan squirrel

Photo ©2007 by Bagginz. Permission via the GNU Free Documentation License.

I also met with sundry other plants which were strangers to me which I also preserved, among others there is a currant which is now in blume and has yellow blossom something like the yellow currant of the Missouri but is a different speceis.

Meriwether Lewis

Golden current, Ribes aureum

Bush with bright yellow petals

Joseph Feilds brought me a black pheasant which he had killed; this I found on examination to be the large black or dark brown pheasant I had met with on the upper part of the Missouri.

Meriwether Lewis

Blue (dusky) grouse, Dendragapus obscurus

Dark grouse with bright red and orange highlights

Photo by the U.S. National Park Service.

Near the narrows of Columbia R. Aprl. 16th 1806

Pursh (Meriwether Lewis)

Shooting star, Dodecatheon species

Shooting star with purple petals

Yellow Flowering Currant. Near the narrows of Columbia R. Aprl. 16th 1806

Pursh (Meriwether Lewis)

Golden current, Ribes aureum

Yellow blossom hanging from a branch