Lewis and Clark
Journal Summary 6: Dates June 2, 1805 - June 15, 1805
is a summary of the journal entries made by Lewis and Clark.
Dates: June 2, 1805 - June 15, 1805
A Fork in the
River and the Expeditionís First Cache
June 2, 1805
Lewis & Clark camped overnight at a fork in the river. The
following day, unsure of which fork was the main route that
they should follow, Lewis and Clark sent a few men up each
branch of the river.
June 4, 1805
This initial investigation
was inconclusive, so Lewis took a team of men along the
branch heading North, while Clark too a team along the branch
heading south. Both teams were convinced that their routes
werenít the main route and returned to the camp at the fork.
Clark arrived back on the 6th June.
June 8, 1805
Lewis Returned and Clark plotted the courses that both teams
had taken along the rivers. Following a re-examination of
their information, Lewis and Clark decided that Lewis would
lead a small team on foot to determine whether the route
south would end at the mountains, as most of the expedition
members believed it would, or he would find the Great Falls
that the Indians at Fort Mandan had told them were on the
Lewis and Clark decided to leave one of the pirogues and
much of the heavier equipment at this point. The pirogue
was tied up to some trees on a small island at the entrance
to the north fork. They branded some nearby trees and covered
the pirogue with brush to prevent sun damage. They chose
to cache the heavy equipment adopting the method used by
the Sioux Indians to prevent their goods from being stolen.
The equipment was cached as follows: It was completely dried
before being placed on a layer of dried sticks 3 or 4 inches
deep in a hole that was dug to the size required to hide
the equipment. Sticks were placed around the sides to prevent
the equipment coming into contact with the walls. Animal
skins were then placed over the goods before earth was used
to fill the hole. The earth was pummeled to a height where
it would be level once the turf had been replaced. The remaining
earth was carried to the river where it could be washed
away, leaving no clue to the location of the cache.
Lewis set off by foot leaving Clark to finish the cache
and to follow on with the boats and remaining equipment.
June 13, 1805
Lewis arrived at the
falls, proving that this was the correct route.
June 15, 1805
Clark arrived at the
falls via the river.