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Locality Name:
Bow Creek
Cedar County , Nebraska

On the Missouri River near the mouth of Bow Creek.

Distance from Camp Dubois: 950 miles

August 23, 1804:  "The river here becomes more straight than we had found it for a great distance below ... We stopped at a prairie on the north side, the largest and handsomest, which I had seen.  Captain Clarke [sic] called it Buffaloe prairie."  Sgt. Patrick Gass

On the 22nd, an election was held among the Corps to replace the recently deceased Sgt. Floyd.  The most votes went to Patrick Gass and his appointment to sargeant was confirmed by both Lewis and Clark.  Gass never mentions this in his journal. (MacGregor 1997)


Species Encountered:
icon-3 Bison bison
American Bison, American Buffalo
August 23, 1804

Estimates for the number of bison living in North America before European settlement west of the Mississippi are pretty variable, yet every one seems to ...  more>>

icon-2 Ictalurus furcatus Valenciennes in Cuvier and Valenciennes
blue catfish
August 25, 1804
The party caught and ate large numbers of catfish along the Missouri River. The men were surprised by their abundance and the size the fish would ...  more>>
icon-4 Mentzelia decapetala (Pursh ex Sims) Urban & Gilg. ex Gilg.
tenpetal blazingstar
August 25, 1804

Collected on white bluffs of the Missouri around Omaha village on 25 - 26 August, 1804.

icon-4 Polanisia dodecandra (L.) DC. ssp. trachysperma (Torr.&Gray) Iltis
sandyseed clammyweed
August 25, 1804

An image of the specimen in the Lewis and Clark herbarium. . . .
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icon-4 Cleome serrulata Pursh
Rocky Mountain bee plant
August 25, 1804

An image of the specimen in the Lewis and Clark herbarium. . . .
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Journal Entries:

On the Missouri River near the mouth of Bow Creek.
Distance from Camp Dubois: 950 miles
August 23, 1804: ...  more>>

 
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