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On this day in Lewis & Clark history...

The Expedition meets several key traders. At present St. Joseph, Missouri, they meet Robert McClellan, an old comrade. Joseph Gravelines and Pierre Dorion, Sr. are also there taking gifts to the Arikara whose chief died in Washington, DC.

From the journals...

Mr. Gravveleen took a chief of the Rickarees on to the Seat of government & he died their and Mr. Gravveleen has got the presents for his nation.

John Ordway

High dry prairies Septb: 12, 1804.

Pursh (Meriwether Lewis)

Rigid goldenrod, Solidago rigida

Plant with bright yellow flowers

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