Lewis and Clark
Journal Summary 7: Dates June 16, 1805 - August 12, 1805
is a summary of the journal entries made by Lewis and Clark.
Dates: June 16, 1805 - August 12, 1805
Around the Falls
and into Shoshone Territory
June 16, 1805
Lewis and Clark decided that the canoes would need to be
carried past the rapids, so Clark set off with a small party
of men to find a suitable route. Lewis tasked some of the
men with making four sets of truck wheels with couplings
and bodies to help in transporting the canoes and equipment.
The remaining pirogue was removed from the water and securely
fastened before being covered in bushes and driftwood to
protect it from the sun. Another cache was dug where more
equipment would be left.
June 20, 1805
Clark returned in the evening with his survey of the falls
and the route they should follow.
While moving the canoes and equipment across the land they
hoisted sails on the canoes which sailed them along on the
wheels they had constructed.
During July they made additional canoes, giving them 8 in
total, and set off toward the Rocky Mountains. After a few
days, Sacagawea told Lewis and Clark that she recognized
the country and assured them that her relations lived a
little further on by the river.
Lewis and Clark reached a point where the river divided
into three. After some exploration of the three rivers,
they named them Jeffersonís river, in honor of the president,
Madisonís river after James Madison, and Gallitinís river
after Albert Gallitin. On 30th July Lewis and Clark resumed
their journey by making their way along Jeffersonís river.
Lewis and Clark decided to leave one of the canoes, as their
supplies were low enough to progress without it.
August 8, 1805
a hill that her nation knew as ĎBeaverís Headí, and said
that her people would be found not too far away. Lewis and
a small party set off on foot to make their way to the Columbia
River and then to follow the river until they found the
Lewis and Clark had realized that they would need horses
to help transport their stores if they were to successfully
cross the Rocky Mountains. They would only be able to gain
the necessary horses by trading with the Indians.
Lewis spotted a Shoshone Indian on horseback. The Indian
and Lewis moved slowly towards each other, but when Lewis
was within 100 paces of him, the Indian rode off.
August 12, 1805
Lewis came upon the waters
of the Columbia River.
Throughout the expedition, Lewis & Clark had spent a considerable
amount of time walking, sometimes together and sometimes
taking turns. At this time, Clark was with the boats while
Lewis had walked on ahead. The men had to haul the canoes
over rapids on many occasions during the journey and found
it hard going.