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During their 53-mile paddle to present Leavenworth, Kansas, the Expedition fears meeting the Kansas Indians who may try to rob them. Instead, they meet three large boats. The traders give them whiskey, biscuits, cheese, pork, and onions.

we proceeded on to an Island near the middle of the river below our encampment of the 1st of July 1804 and encamped haveing decended only 53 miles to day.
our party received a dram and Sung Songs untill 11 oClock at night in the greatest harmoney.

William Clark

Missouri River at Leavenworth, Kansas

Big, channelized, muddy river

about 3 oClock P. M. we discovred three keel Boats Sailing up the river. we put to Shore Spread our flags they Sailed up to us and halted with us a Short time they were tradors from St. Louis and frenchman but could Some of them Speak English. they are bound for the Mahars nations. they gave us ardent Spirits buiscuits and cheese &C. onion

John Ordway

Oak barrel

Oak keg with iron bands and a bung hole

near Counsel Bluffs Missouri. Septb. 14th 1806

Pursh (Meriwether Lewis)

Raccoon grape, Ampelopsis cordata

Small dark purple grapes on the vine

Photo by TopTropicals.com as presented on a sign at Fort Osage.