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On the Marias, Lewis stops to take celestial observations. Near present Park City, Montana, Clark makes canoes and sends Labiche to track the lost horses. The horses lost at the Great Falls are found, and the portage continues.

this plain on which we are is very high; the rocky mountains to the S. W. of us appear but low from their base up yet are partially covered with snow nearly to their bases. there is no timber on those mountains within our view; they are very irregular and broken in their form and seem to be composed principally of clay with but little rock or stone.

Meriwether Lewis

Rocky Mountains as seen from Camp Disappointment

grassy prairie and steep snow peaks

we met with a doe Elk which we wounded but did not get her.    the river is confined closely between clifts of perpendicular rocks in most parts.

Meriwether Lewis

Cut Bank Creek

Small creek with tall, steep sides

the country has now become level, the river bottoms wide and the adjoining plains but little elivated above them; the banks of the river are not usually more than from 3 to four feet yet it dose not appear ever to overflow them.

Meriwether Lewis

Prairie near Camp Disappointment

Grassy prairie

On the Missouri Jul. 22d 1806.

Pursh (Meriwether Lewis)

Purple prairie-clover, Dalea purpurea

Plant with purple and white cones

Photo ©2005 Blaine Hansel. Downloaded from Wikimedia and used with permission of the Creative Commons 2.0 License.

The wind continued to blow very hard from the N. E. and a little before day light was moderately Cool

William Clark

Cottonwood tree at Park City

Large, straight cottonwood tree

I Sent Sergt. Pryor and Shabono in Serch of the horses with directions to proceed up the river as far as the 1st narrows and examine particularly for their tracks....being to Suspect that they are taken by the Indians and taken over the hard plains to prevent our following them. I directed Labeech who understands traking very well to Set out early in the morning and find what rout the horses had taken if possible

William Clark

Yellowstone River bottom

Grassy meadow and cottonwood trees at sunrise

We had a fine morning. Eight of us started in various directions to look for the horses, and in a short time two of the men found them; harnessed them in the waggons and moved on about four miles

Patrick Gass

Portage route

Painting of men and horses hauling a dugout canoe across the prairie