July 11, 1806 Lewis -
Encamped near White Bear Islands
(June 18, 1805) and a little below the mouth of Sand Coulee Creek.
" I sincerely belief that there were not less than 10 thousand buffaloe
within a circle of 2 miles arround that place. I directed the hunters to kill
some buffaloe as well for the benifit of their skins to enable us to pass the
river. Joseph Fields killed a very fat buffaloe* bull and we halted to dine... we
feasted on the buffaloe."
This is the first fresh buffalo meat the party
had eaten since July 16, 1805
July 11, 1806 Clark
"arrived at the entrance of Wisdom River and encamped in the spot we had
encamped the 6th of August
here we found a Bayonet which had been left & the Canoes quite safe. I directed
that all the nails be taken out of this canoe and paddles to made of her sides."
July 12, 1806 Lewis
"we arrose early and resumed our operations in compleating our canoes... the
wind blew so violently that I did not think it prudent to attempt passing the
river.- encamped* at sunset "
East bank of Missouri, in Cascade County, Montana, somewhat below the
old White Bear Islands camp and south of the city of Great Falls.
July 12, 1806 Clark
" beaver was flapping their tails in the river about us all the last
night.... after completing the paddles I set out the current I find much
stronger below the forks than above ... encamped a little below our encampmt. of
the 31st of July
Jefferson River, some two miles below the mouth of Antelope Creek, Montana
July 13, 1806 Lewis
"had the cash opened found my
bearskins entirely destroyed by the water, the river having risen so high that
the water had penitrated. al my specimens of plants also lost."
July 13, 1806 Clark
"proceeded on... had all the baggage of the land party taken out of the
Canoes and after dinner the 6 canoes and the party of 10 men under the direction
of Sergt. Ordway Set out." (Ordway's party proceeded down the Missouri
with the canoes to the Great Falls) "previous to their departur I gave
instructions how they were to proceed & I also wrote to Capt Lewis... my party
now consists of the following persons: Serjeant N. Pryor, Jo Shields,
Interpreter Shabono his wife & Child and my man york; with 49 horses and a
colt... The indian woman who has been of great service to me as a pilot through
this Country recommends a
gap in the
mountain more South which I shall cross."
July 14, 1806 Lewis
" the wolves are in great numbers howling arround us and loling about the
plains in view at the distance of two or three hundred yards."
July 14, 1806 Clark
"after dinner we proceed on a little to the South of East through an open
leavel plain to the three forks of the E branch of Gallitines River (East
Gallatin River in the vicinity of present Bozeman, Montana) at about 12 miles,
crosses the most Southerly of those forks and Struck an old buffalow road, the
one our Indn woman meant."
July 15, 1806 Lewis
" a little after dark McNeal returned... he had approached a white bear,
without discovering him a bear being in thick brush. the horse took allarm and
turning short threw him immediately under the bear; this animal raised himself
on this hinder feet for battle, he struck the bear over the head, bear stunned
and fell to the ground; this gave McNeal time to climb a willow tree ... the
bear waited at the foot of the tree untill late in the evening ."
July 15, 1806 Clark
"great numbers of beaver.. encamped in the upper part of a large bottom
( north side of Yellowstone River in Park County, three miles below the mouth of
Shields River- Montana). The horses feet are very sore many of them Can scerely
proceed on over the Stone and Gravel in every other respect they are Sound and
in good sperits."
July 16, 1806 Lewis
"proceeded to the grand falls ; here we encamped ( north side of Missouri
River at the Great Falls, Cascade County, Montana). these falls have abated much
of their grandure since I first arrived at them in June 1805, however they are
still a sublimely grand object."
July 16, 1806 Clark
"I had Mockersons made of green Buffalow Skin and put on the horses feet...
... the current of the Rochejhone (Yellowstone) is too rapid to depend on Skinn
canoes. no other alternetive for me but to proceed on down untill I can find a
tree Sufficently large to make a canoe. Encamped on the river a little below
it's enterence" ( Sweet Grass County, Montana, north side of the
Yellowstone just below the mouth of Little Timber Creek)
July 17, 1806 Lewis
"the Minnetares of Fort de prarie and the blackfoot indians rover through
this quarter of the country... I wish to avoid an interview with them if
possible... we arrived at rose river whie I purposed remaining all night"
( Teton River - 10 miles northwest of present Carter, Montana)
July 17, 1806 Clark
"I passed this evening an Indian fort which appears to have been built last
summer. the woman informs me that when the
war parties ( of Minnits Crows & who fight Shoshonees) find themselves pursued
they make those forts to defend themselves in from the pursuers whose Superior
numbers might other wise over power them and cut them off without receiveing
much injurey on hors back."