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Lewis plugs cracks in the canoes with charcoal and tallow. In the evening, his group continues down the Missouri camping at present Williston, North Dakota. Clark waits for Lewis a few miles down the river near Tobacco Garden Creek.

The morning was somewhat cloudy I therefore apprehended rain however it shortly after became fair.

Meriwether Lewis

Confluence of Missouri and Yellowstone rivers

Muddy river and island with thick cottonwood forest

I found a Species of Cherry in the bottom the Srub or bush which are differant from any which I have ever Seen and not very abundant even in this Small tract of country to which it Seems to be confined.

William Clark

Pin cherry, Prunus pensylvanica

Branch with white blossoms

Photo by the U.S. Forest Service.

the men dug great parcel of the root which the Nativs call Hankee and the engagees the white apple which they boiled and made use of with their meat. This is a large insipid root and very tasteless. the nativs use this root after it is dry and pounded in their Seup.

William Clark

Breadroot, Pediomelum esculentum

Furry, purple blossom

Photo by Jim Pisarowicz of the U.S. National Park Service.

Polygala A kind of Seneca Snake root. On the Missouri R. Augst: 10th 1806.

Pursh (Meriwether Lewis)

White milkwort, Polygala alba

Plant with tall and slender top consisting of white and lavender petals

Photo by Jim Pisarowicz of the U.S. National Park Service.

Cotton tree of the Misisippi &Missouri. Augst. 1806

Pursh (Meriwether Lewis)

Cottonwood, Populus deltoides monilifera

Close up photo of Cottonwood leaves with 'cottonbal'

Photo by Dave Powell of the U.S. Forest Service.

Prunus A Cherry found near the beaver bents on the Missouri—Augst: 10th 1806.

Pursh (Meriwether Lewis)

Chokecherry, Prunus virginiana

Small cherries on a tree branch