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On this day in Lewis & Clark history...

At St. Louis, the final destination of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, the men fire a salute. The gathered citizens return 3 huzzahs! The boats are unloaded, and the men look for rooms where they will wait for their pay before heading home.

From the journals...

we payed a friendly visit to <Mes. Choteau and> Mr <Ogustus> August Chotau and Some of our old friends this evening.

William Clark

René Chouteau

Historic painting of early frontier gentleman

Image of Auguste Chouteau from Walter Barlow Stevens St. Louis: The Fourth City, 1764-1911 St. Louis: S.J. Clarke, 1911. p. 23.