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After a wet, stormy night, Lewis' party passes through the Missouri River Breaks. Lewis preserves the skins of three Bighorn sheep. Clark, fighting Yellowstone River headwinds, makes only 41 miles camping near the Tongue River.

Beaver is very plenty on this part of the Rochejhone. The river widens    I think it may be generally Calculated at from 500 yards to half a mile in width

William Clark

Yellowstone River at Elk Island

Yellowstone River flowing around a very large island

passed three large dry Brooks on the Stard. Side and four on the Lard Side.

William Clark

Yellowstone river side channel

A mud-baked dried side channel of the Yellowstone River

late in the evening I arived at the enterance of a River which I take to be the Lazeka or Tongue River it discharges itself on the Stard. Side and is 150 yards wide of water    the banks are much wider.

William Clark

Tongue River

Blue sky reflected on a small river

Photo by the United States Geological Survey.

at 11 A. M. we passed that very interesting part of the Missouri where the natural walls appear, particularly discribed in my outward bound journey.

Meriwether Lewis

White Cliffs

White cliffs of the Missouri River

Photo 2006 by the United States Bureau of Land Management.

the river is now nearly as high as it has been this season and is so thick with mud and sand that it is with difficulty I can drink it. every little rivulet now discharges a torrant of water bringing down immece boddies of mud sand and filth from the plains and broken bluffs.

Meriwether Lewis

Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Area

Muddy rivulet

on our way today we killed 9 bighorns of which I preserved the skins and skeletons of 2 females and one male....these animals abound in this quarter keeping themselves principally confined to the steep clifts and bluffs of the river

Meriwether Lewis

Bighorn sheep, Ovis canadensis

Large Bighorn Sheep

Photo 2006 by Jon Sullivan who has released it to the public domain.