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Nicholas King Map (1803), Deta

Captain Lewis Sighting the Yellowstone


Oil on canvas by Charles Fritz

Meriwether Lewis, Thursday, April 25, 1805:

I ascended the hills from whence I had a most pleasing view of the country, particularly of the wide and fertile vallies formed by the missouri and the yellowstone rivers, which occasionally unmasked by the wood on their borders, disclose their meanderings for many miles in their passage through these delightfull tracts of country....

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--Joseph Mussulman

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Nicholas King Map (1803), Deta

From Discovering Lewis & Clark ®, http://www.lewis-clark.org © 1998-2014
by The Lewis and Clark Fort Mandan Foundation, Washburn, North Dakota.
Journal excerpts are from The Journals of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, edited by Gary E. Moulton
13 vols. (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1983-2001)