On this day in Lewis & Clark history...
The Expedition splits into two parties. Clark travels south through the Bitterroot valley camping near present Hamilton, Montana. Lewis heads north and has difficulty rafting across Clark's Fork near present Missoula, Montana.
From the journals...
Thursday 3rd 1806 July.
we got up our horses and boath parties Set out about one time. Capts. Lewis & Clark parted here with their parties & proceed. on I with Capt. Clark up the flat head River.
Bitterroot valley sunrise
Thursday July 3rd 1806.
I proceeded down Clark's river seven miles with my party of nine men and five indians. here the Indians recommended our passing the river which was rapid and 150 yds. wide. as we had no other means of passing the river we busied ourselves collecting dry timber for the purpose of constructing rafts
Clark Fork island near Missoula, Montana
Thursday July 3rd 1806
I observed 2 Species of Clover in this vally one the white Clover Common in the Western parts of the U. States, the other Species which is much Smaller than either the red or white both it's leaf & blossom
the horses are excessively fond of this Species.