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Against a stiff headwind, the men paddle nearly 50 miles passing the mouth of the Kansas River. They stop to let the men gather pawpaw fruits. The Captains climb a hill in present Kansas City and decide it would be a good place for a fort.

a fair morning. we Set off at eight and procd. On

John Ordway

day very worm Smokey and worm

William Clark

Early morning, Riverside, Missouri

Morning sun lighting the trees on the Missouri River

Capt Lewis and my Self assended a hill which appeared to have a Commanding Situation for a fort, the Shore is bold and rocky imediately at the foot of the hill, from the top of the hill you have a perfect Command of the river, this hill fronts the Kanzas and has a view of the Missouri a Short distance above that river.

William Clark

View from present Kansas City, Missouri

Muddy river, well-timbered bottom lands

Painting by Michael Haynes on a sign at Day Park atop the hill Lewis and Clark climbed. The full-size mural can be viewed at Missouri Department of Conservation Discovery Center, 4750 Troost Avenue, Kansas City.

we landed one time only to let the men geather Pappaws or the Custard apple of which this Country abounds, and the men are very fond of.

William Clark

Pawpaw, Asimina triloba

Two large fruits hanging from a branch

Photo by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.