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After riding late the previous night, Lewis continues his flight from the Blackfeet joining the others at the mouth of the Marias River. Clark canoes 73 miles down the Yellowstone River in modern Rosebud county. Pryor's location is unknown.

we heared the report of several rifles very distinctly on the river to our right, we quickly repared to this joyfull sound and on arriving at the bank of the river had the unspeakable satisfaction to see our canoes coming down.

Meriwether Lewis

Missouri River near Fort Benton

A graceful curve in the Missouri River

about 9 A. M. we discovred on a high bank a head Capt. Lewis & the three men who went with him on horse back comming towards us on N. Side we came too Shore and fired the Swivell to Salute him & party we Saluted them also with Small arms and were rejoiced to See them &c.

John Ordway

Missouri River near Fort Benton

A U-shaped bend in a river

we decended the river opposite to our principal cash which we proceeded to open after reconnoitering the adjacent country. we found that the cash had caved in and most of the articles burried therin were injured; I sustained the loss of two very large bear skins which I much regret; most of the fur and baggage belonging to the men were injured. the gunpowder corn flour poark and salt had sustained but little injury the parched meal was spoiled or nearly so.

Meriwether Lewis

Missouri River at Woods Bottom

Rocky shore with hills in the distance

having now nothing to detain us we passed over immediately to the island in the entrance of Maria's river to launch the red perogue, but found her so much decayed that it was imposible with the means we had to repare her and therefore mearly took the nails and other ironwork's about her which might be of service to us and left her.

Meriwether Lewis

Marias River mouth

Small island at the mouth of the Marias River

Set out this morning at day light and proceeded on glideing down this Smooth Sream passing maney Isld. and Several Creeks and brooks

William Clark

Yellowstone River near Hammond, Montana

An island in the muddy Yellowstone River

four miles Still lower I arived at the enterance of a river 100 yards wide back of a Small island on the South Side. it contains Some Cotton wood timber and has a bold Current, it's water like those of all other Streams which I have passed in the Canoes are muddy.

William Clark

Yellowstone River at Rosebud Creek

An island in the muddy Yellowstone River

in the evening I passd. Straters of Coal in the banks on either Side    those on the Stard. Bluffs was about 30 feet above the water and in 2 vanes from 4 to 8 feet thick, in a horozontal position. the Coal Contained in the Lard Bluffs is in Several vaines of different hights and thickness. this Coal or Carbonated wood is like that of the Missouri of an inferior quality

William Clark

Yellowstone River near Graveyard Creek

A high bank of rocks behind Yellowstone River wetlands

encamped on the upper point of a Small island opposit the enterance of a Creek 25 Yards wide on the Stard. Side with water.

William Clark

Yellowstone River near Graveyard Creek

Cottonwood bottoms and barren hills on the Yellowstone River near Graveyard Creek

On the Yellowstone River. July 28th 1806.

Pursh (Meriwether Lewis)

Snow-on-the-mountain, Euphorbia marginata

Plant whose petals have bright white borders

Photo created by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.