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Lewis waits for the return of Colter and Collins, but finally gives up and heads down the Missouri River. Near present Williston, North Dakota, Clark moves to a sand bar to wait for Lewis. Pryor's party is near the Yellowstone confluence.

Colter and Collins not having arrived induced me to remain this morning for them. the hunters killed four deer this morning near our encampment. I remained untill noon when I again reimbarked and set out concluding that as Colter and Collins had not arrived by that time that they had passed us after dark the night of the 3rd inst.

Meriwether Lewis

Missouri River

Cottonwood tree and the Missouri River

a little after dark came up a hard Thunder Shower of wind and rain and nearly filled our canoes, So that we had to unload them. the Sand flew So that we could Scarsely See & cut our faces by the force of the wind.—

John Ordway

Knife and Missouri rivers

the geese cannot fly at present; I saw a solitary Pillacon the other day in the same situation. this happens from their sheding or casting the fathers of the wings at this season.

Meriwether Lewis

American white pelican, Pelecanus erythrorhynchos

Flock of large white birds near pond

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

I landed on a Sand bar from the South Point intending to form a Camp at this place and Continue untill Capt Lewis Should arive.

William Clark

Missouri River sand bar

Sandy bank with low willows

Photographer unknown.