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a cool morning Set out early passed the rapid with all the Canoes except Sgt. Pryors which run on a rock near the lower part of the rapid and Stuck fast, by the assistance of the 3 other Canoes She was unloaded and got off the rock without any further injorey than, the wetting the greater part of her loading— loaded and proceeded on I walked around his rapid
We halted a Short time above the Point and Smoked with the Indians, & examined the Point and best place for our Camp, we Camped on the Columbia River a little above the point I Saw about 200 men Comeing down from their villages & were turned back by the Chief, after we built our fires of what wood we Could Collect, & get from the Indians, the Chief brought down all his men Singing and dancing as they Came, formed a ring and danced for Some time around us we gave them a Smoke, and they returned the village a little above, the Chief & Several delay untill I went to bead. bought 7 dogs & they gave us Several fresh Salmon & Som horse dried
A cool morning deturmined to run the rapids, put our Indian guide in front our Small Canoe next and the other four following each other, the canoes all passed over Safe except the rear Canoe which run fast on a rock at the lower part of the Rapids, with the early assistance of the other Canoes & the Indians, who was extreamly ellert every thing was taken out and the Canoe got off without any enjorie further than the articles which it was loaded all wet. at 14 miles passed a bad rapid  at which place we unloaded and made a portage of ¾ of a mile, haveing passd. 4 Smaller rapids, three Islands and the parts of a house above, I Saw Indians & Horses on the South Side below. five Indians  came up the river in great haste, we Smoked with them and gave them a piece of tobacco to Smoke with their people and Sent them back, they Set out in a run & continued to go as fast as They Could run as far as we Could See them. after getting Safely over the rapid and haveing taken Diner Set out and proceeded on Seven miles to the junction of this river and the Columbia which joins from the N. W.  passd. a rapid two Islands and a graveley bare, and imediately in the mouth a rapid above an Island. In every direction from the junction of those rivers the Countrey is one Continued plain low and rises from the water gradually, except a range of high Countrey  which runs from S. W & N E and is on the opposit Side about 2 miles distant from the Collumbia and keeping its derection S W untill it joins a S W. range of mountains.
We halted above the point on the river Kimooenim  to Smoke with the Indians who had collected there in great numbers to view us,  here we met our 2 Chiefs who left us two days ago and proceeded on to this place to inform those bands of our approach and friendly intentions towards all nations &c. we also met the 2 men who had passed us Several days ago on hors back, one of them we observed was a man of great influence with those Indians, harranged them; after Smokeing with the Indians who had collected to view us we formed a camp at the point  near which place I Saw a fiew pieces of Drift wood after we had our camp fixed and fires made, a Chief came from their Camp which was about ¼ of a mile up the Columbia river at the head of about 200 men Singing and beeting on their drums Stick and keeping time to the musik, they formed a half circle around us and Sung for Some time, we gave them all Smoke, and Spoke to their Chiefs as well as we could by Signs informing them of our friendly disposition to all nations, and our joy in Seeing those of our Children around us, Gave the principal chief  a large Medal Shirt and Handkf. a 2nd Chief a Meadel of Small Size, and to the Cheif who came down from the upper villages a Small Medal & Handkerchief.
The Chiefs then returned with the men to their camp; Soon after we purchased for our Provisions Seven Dogs, Some fiew of those people made us presents of fish and Several returned and delayed with us untill bedtime— The 2 old Chiefs who accompanied us from the head of the river precured us Some fuil 〈wood〉 Such as 〈woods〉 the Stalks of weed or plant and willow bushes— one man made me a present of a about 20 lb. of verry fat Dried horse meat.
Great quantities of a kind of prickley pares, much worst than any I have before Seen of a tapering form and attach themselves by bunches.
Lewis's river from the mouth of Kos kos kia
in Latd. 46° 29' 21.7" N. 
Wednesday 16th Oct. 1805. we Set out as usal and proceedd on over the rockey rapids one of the canoes run fast on a rock in a bad rapid and Stayed untill we went with a canoe to their assistance. got all Safe to land loaded and Set out again and proceeded on. in the afternoon we Came to the last bad rapid as the Indians Sign to us. we halted little above and carried Some of the baggage past by land abt. one mile then took the canoes Safe down and loaded them again and procd. on passed over Several rapid places in the River. towards evening we arived at the big forks.  the large River which is wider than the Columbia River comes in from a northerly direction. the Country around these forks is level Smooth plain. no timber. not a tree to be Seen as far as our Eyes could extend. a fiew willows Scattering along the Shores. about 200 Savages  are Camped on the point between the 2 rivers. we Camped near them. they Sold us eight fat dogs and Some fresh sammon. in the evening the whole band came Singing in their way to our Camp around our fires and Smoaked with us, and appeared verry friendly. they have pleanty of beeds Copper & brass trinkets, about them which they Sign to us that they got them from Some tradors on a River to the North of this place—
Wednesday 16th. We had a fine morning and embarked early; proceeded on about 3 miles, when one of our canoes run upon some rocks in a rapid, but by unloading another canoe and sending it to her assistance, we got all safe to land, and then continued our voyage. About 1 o'clock we came to another rapid, where all hands carried a load of the baggage by land about a mile, and then took the canoes over the rapids, two at a time, and in that way we got them all down safe and proceeded on. Having gone 21 miles we arrived at the great Columbia river, which comes in from the northwest.  We found here a number of natives, of whose nations we have not yet found out the names.  We encamped  on the point between the two rivers. The country all round is level, rich and beautiful, but without timber.
〈Monday〉 Wednesday 16th Oct. 1805. we Set out as usal and proceeded on over Several bad rapids which was full of rocks. one of the canoes Struck a rock in a rapid and Swung on it they Stayed their untill we unloaded and took a canoe I was on board the canoe which Struck. the Small canoes came to our assistance also. we got the load and canoe Safe to Shore, loaded again and proceeded on over Several more rapids then came to a verry bad rapid, the worst or had the highest waves of any we have yet passd. we halted above the rapid and carried considerable of the baggage by land about a mile. then took the canoes Safe over, and loaded up and proceeded on down Several more rapids towards evening we arived at the forks of the river  which came from a northly direction and is larger than this Columa. R. the country around these forks is level Smooth barron plains not even a tree to be Seen as far as our eyes could extend a fiew willows along the Shores. we found about 2 hundred or upwards Camped on the point between the two Rivers. a verry pleasant place. we Camped near them on the point. the natives Sold us eight dogs and Some fresh Sammon. the whole band came in a body Singing in their form to our fires and Smoaked with us and appeared friendly. they have beeds and brass and coper in Small peaces hanging about them, which they Sign to us that they got them from white people on a River to the north, and Some down about the mouth of this River. we went [blank] miles this day. passed Several Islands &c.
Wednesday October 16th A pleasant morning & we set out early; and proceeded on; we passed over several bad Rapids, which lay quite across the River, which were 〈was〉 full of rocks. One of our Canoes struck on a rock, which was in a rapid, & swung round and remained fast, where she staid, till the Canoe that I was in came to their assistance & a small Canoe belonging to our party. The Men from the two Canoes got the load out of the Canoe, & got her off the rock & to the shore. We got the Canoes loaded again & continued on our Voyage. we passed over several more bad Rapids; and came to a place in the River, where we found a very bad Rapid by far the worst that we had yet seen on this River; & we halted our Canoes above the Rapid. We carried a considerable quantity of our baggage about a Mile by land below this rapid.— We got all our canoes safe over this 〈rapid〉 difficult place & loaded them and proceeded on down the River; & passed several more Rapids.— Towards evening we arrived at a large fork that came into this River from a Northerly direction & was much large than the fork which we descended which we supposed to be the Columbia River.— The country round where the forks of these two Rivers lay 〈is〉 was level & 〈is〉 smooth barren plains, with not a Tree to be seen as far as our Eyes could extend. Along the Shores 〈are〉 grew a few Willows. We found upwards of 200 Indians, that were encamped on a point of land, that lay between these two Rivers, in a very pleasant situated place. We Encamped near those Indians on the same point of land. These natives came to our encampment & sold us 8 dogs & some fresh Salmon. This whole Band of Indians came in a body, Singing in their manner to our fires, Smoaked with us, & appeared friendly.— These Indians had beads, and small pieces of brass & Copper hanging about them, which they made signs to us, that they got them from White people, who live on a River; lying to the North of this place, & that they also got some of them at the Mouth of this River. We passed several Islands this day & came 26 Miles, the Course with us is the same as Yesterday.—
The figures represent mileages for October 11–16, 1805, the first number apparently being an adjustment. (Return to text.)
2. Clark now has the days of the week correct in his codex journal; he did not get them right in the elkskin book until October 28. This may say something about the timing of his copying from one journal to the other. (Return to text.)
3. Identified by Coues (HLC), 2:634 as Five-mile Rapids. Atlas map 75 shows the portage, which may be in the area of present Strawberry Island. (Return to text.)
4. These may have been Palouse Indians. Trafzer & Scheuerman, 4. (Return to text.)
5. The junction of the Columbia and the Snake (Lewis's) rivers. (Return to text.)
6. The Horse Heaven Hills, or Mountains, in Yakima and Benton counties, Washington, running southwest toward the Cascade Range. Atlas map 75. (Return to text.)
7. The Snake (Lewis's) River. Atlas map 75 has the word "Kimooenim" crossed out and "Lewis's" substituted. (Return to text.)
8. They met Indians of two groups which the captains called Chimnapams and Sokulks, today known as the Yakimas and Wanapams respectively. The designations by Lewis and Clark are given in Shahaptian; the former is amnápam, "the people of the Chamná," a village at the confluence of the Yakima River with the Columbia River; the term Sokulks may come from kwsis (or k⊃u'sis), the name of a village mentioned below. The Yakimas lived in the vicinity of present Pasco, Franklin County, Washington, on both sides of the river and the Wanapams farther up the Columbia, on the west bank. They belonged to the same Shahaptian-language family as the Nez Perces, which is probably why the two Nez Perce chiefs were so useful in establishing friendly relations. A large permanent village named k⊃u'sis, "two rivers meet," has been located approximately in the location of the village from which the chief and his men came. This village was occupied mainly by Yakima people, but many Walula and some Umatilla people lived there also. The site was an important trading center and a valuable fishing location. Trafzer & Scheuerman, 4, give Pasco as the location also of the Palouse village of Qosispah. Ray (NVCB), 144; Ronda (LCAI), 164–65. (Return to text.)
9. In the point between the Snake and the Columbia, in Franklin County, Washington, just southeast of present Pasco and at the site of the Sacajawea State Park. Atlas map 75. (Return to text.)
11. Here Clark gives the courses and distances from the Clearwater-Snake confluence to the Snake-Columbia confluence. There are some slight differences with the Elkskin-bound Journal. See note at October 11, 1805. The word "Lewis's" appears to have been substituted for an erased word. (Return to text.)
12. The juncture of the Columbia and Snake rivers. Ordway continues to consider the river on which he has been traveling the Columbia; it is actually the Snake. The party camped this day and the next at the point where the rivers join, in Franklin County, Washington. (Return to text.)
13. They were Yakima and Wanapam Indians; the former lived in the immediate vicinity of the Snake-Columbia fork, with the latter nearby. Also nearby were the Walulas (Walla Wallas), Umatillas, and Palouses. All spoke languages of the Shahaptian family. (Return to text.)
14. McKeehan's note: "The size, course and appearance of this great river, seem to confirm beyond a doubt the opinion of Mr. McKenzie, who supposed that the large river, into which the branch he descended on the west side of the Rocky Mountains, having its source in these mountains near that of the Unjigah or Peace river, discharges its waters into the large river in
latitude about 54° north, and longitude 122° west from London, or 47° west from Philadelphia, was the Columbia. The information he obtained from the Indians respecting this river before he left the Unjigah was, 'that it was a large river and ran towards the mid-day sun; but did not empty itself into the sea.' This opinion of these natives at a distance, with respect to its not emptying itself into the sea, must have arisen chiefly from what they had heard of its course, which is east of south and nearly parallel to the coast of the Pacific, and of the great distance it continued to run in that direction. The accounts he received after arriving at it, there called the Great river, or Tacoutche Tesse, also stated that it ran towards the mid-day sun; and that at its mouth, as the natives said they had been informed, white people were building houses. Mr. McKenzie having descended the river some distance, prevailed on a chief to delineate a sketch of the country on a large piece of bark; in which he described the river as running to the east of south, receiving many rivers, and every six or eight leagues, encumbered with falls and rapids, some of them very dangerous and six impracticable. He represented the carrying places as of great length, and passing over hills and mountains. He depicted the lands of three other tribes in succession who spoke different languages. Beyond them he knew nothing of the river or country, only that it was still a long way to the sea; and that, as he had heard, there was a lake before they reached the water, which the natives did not drink. 'The more I heard of the river,' says Mr. McKenzie, 'the more I was convinced it could not empty itself into the ocean to the north of what is called the river of the West, so that with its windings the distance must be very great.' It is not improbable that the distance by water, from the place Mr. McKenzie struck this river, to its mouth (supposing it to be the Columbia, Oregan or Great river of the West) is upwards of 1000 miles, and its whole course from its source 1500. By the lake mentioned by the Indian chief is no doubt meant the bay at the mouth of the Columbia, and wide part of the river where the tide water ascends and renders the whole unfit to drink."
The notion of a Great River of the West as a necessary part of a water route across the continent developed well before the actual discovery of the Columbia in 1792. Before Lewis and Clark only the stretch from the mouth to around Portland, Oregon, was known to Europeans. McKeehan is attempting to connect the information provided by Gass with Mackenzie's explorations in the Canadian Rockies. Within the next few years the explorations of David Thompson and Simon Fraser would greatly clarify the geography of the upper Columbia River.
The notion of a Great River of the West as a necessary part of a water route across the continent developed well before the actual discovery of the Columbia in 1792. Before Lewis and Clark only the stretch from the mouth to around Portland, Oregon, was known to Europeans. McKeehan is attempting to connect the information provided by Gass with Mackenzie's explorations in the Canadian Rockies. Within the next few years the explorations of David Thompson and Simon Fraser would greatly clarify the geography of the upper Columbia River.(Return to text.)
16. They had arrived at the junction of the Snake and the Columbia rivers, and camped in the point, in Franklin County, Washington, just southeast of Pasco at the site of Sacajawea State Park. (Return to text.)
17. The junction of the Snake and Columbia rivers, in Franklin County, Washington. (Return to text.)
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