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The Expedition sets out very early. In the afternoon, they meet 4 fur traders heading up the Missouri. They are told that Zebulon Pike is on an expedition exploring the southern Louisiana territory. Camp is near present Big Lake, Missouri.

From the journals...

at [blank] P M we met a Mr. Alexander La fass and three french men from St. Louis in a Small perogue on his way to the River Platt to trade with the Pania Luup or Wolf Indians. Mr. la frost informed us that Genl. Wilkinson and all the troops had decended the Mississippi and Mr. Pike and young Mr. Wilkinson had Set out on an expedition up the Arkansaw river or in that direction

William Clark

Zebulon Pike

Old painting of Zebulon Pike

From the History of Iowa From the Earliest Times to the Beginning of the Twentieth Century Volume 1 by Benjamin F. Gue.

again proceeded on through a very bad part of the river Crouded with Snags & Sawyers and incamped on a Sand bar about 4 miles above the grand Nemahar.

William Clark

Missouri River above the Big Nemaha River

Aerial view of muddy river with a large bottom

Photo by U.S. Farm Service.