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Along the Missouri River

Along the Missouri River

On the way west the expedition towed, poled, and rowed their boats up the Missouri River, against the current, on a good day making 20 miles
(32 kilometers).

After more than a year on the Missouri, Meriwether Lewis found its source, a spring in the Rocky Mountains. “Thus far I had accomplished one of those objects on which my mind has been unalterably fixed for many years,” he wrote, “judge then of the pleasure I felt in allying my thirst with this pure and ice-cold water.”

Photograph by Lisa Truitt

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