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On this day in Lewis & Clark history...

After the Little Osage village, the canoes pass safely through a narrow, 2-mile long channel crowded with snags. They meet John McClallen, who says he is on his way to trade in New Mexico. Hunters are sent ahead to the Grand River.

From the journals...

one of the men caught a large catfish last night which is juded to weigh a hundred weight.

John Ordway

Blue catfish, Ictalurus furcatus

Drawing of a large fish with 'whiskers'

Photo created by Duane Raver of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

We got a great many papaws on our way to-day: a kind of fruit in great abundance on the Missouri from the river Platte to its mouth; and also down the Mississippi.

Patrick Gass

Pawpaw, Asimina triloba

Large green fruits hanging from a branch

Photo by Manuel Conde who has released it to the public domain.