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On this day in Lewis & Clark history...

After setting out early, the hunters are picked up near the Grand River. They had killed nothing, and no game is found all day. The men say they are content to live on pawpaw until they reach St. Louis. They camp near the Lamine River.

From the journals...

at 10 oClock we Came too and gathered pottows to eate
our party…entirely out of provisions Subsisting on poppaws.

William Clark

Pawpaw, Asimina triloba

Yellow fruit that looks like a papaya

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

we divide the buiskit which amount to nearly one buisket per man, this in addition to the poppaws is to last is down to the Settlement's which is 150 miles the party appear perfectly contented and tell us that they can live very well on the pappaws.

William Clark

Pawpaw, Asimina triloba

Scientific drawing of a pawpaw leaf, seed, and fruit

Photo on a sign at Fort Osage.