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    I've got somewhat of an interest in the Lewis and Clark journey; as an exploration but more so because of the beauty of the country they traveled in. I've retraced much of their route, including their forts on the Pacific. Great experience to them and me. is outstanding.

    Their Journeys are available in paperback: THE JOURNALS OF LEWIS AND CLARK, Penguin Books 1995. this is the literal journal with lots of misspellings, but does have some explanitary foot notes. An excellent read p483, and travel guide somewhat.

    If you’re not a dyed in wool historical, “IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF LEWIS AND CLARK". National Geographic Society, by G. Snyder (195 pgs) is a modern retracing of the L&C route with authors own trip. It tells the story of L&C very well with many great historical paintings and modern photographs. A large book that is easy to read. Best is it has lots of small maps embedded in the text to visualize the trip. A must read for anyone living within a half days drive of the Missouri/clearwater/snake/Columbia rivers.

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    Hard to imagine how tough they must have been to do that! If only Americans possessed that grit today we would be invincible.

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    • #3
      I have a paper back typed copy of their journals with daily entries misspellings and all from John Brakeless 1964. In the mid 80's, I had a lot of interest in this L & C and followed some of their trail through Montana and Idaho. I wanted to buy a copy of their original hand written logs, but it coast $1,200 from Yale University in the late 80's. Kinda steep for me then and it's probably steeper now.


      Heck I started pondering with the internet I may just be the cost of printing the notes and maps.


      https://brbl-dl.library.yale.edu/vuf...Clark&type=tag

      https://brbl-dl.library.yale.edu/vuf...Clark&type=tag

      Last edited by fishinginflorida; 11-05-2018, 11:21.

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      • #4
        My copy of the actual text cost me $13 at the local Borders about 5 years ago. It includes other documents, like their goods list, letters from T Jefferson, etc

        Yale always was an expensive, eletist place!!!

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        • #5
          Undaunted Courage by Stephen Ambrose was a national best seller and for good reason..
          Good judgement comes from experience,
          and a lot of that comes from bad judgement.
          Mark Twain

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          • #6
            I've read a fair amount about the expedition over the years. Some of the best reading is about the air rifle that they carried. It was a .46 (Or possibly a .51) caliber repeating air rifle with an effective range of about 110 yards @ about 500 FPS. They put on shooting demonstrations for virtually all of the native tribes they encountered. The natives were very impressed by the rifle. It could fire about 30 shots on a reservoir of air but took about 1100 strokes of the pump to fully recharge it.
            Every once in a while in life we need a policeman, a lawyer, a doctor and a preacher. We need a farmer three times a day, every day.

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            • #7
              Some good links here: http://www.lewisandclarktrail.com/nations.htm

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              • #8


                Lewis's grave site in the Natchez Trace ( near Hohenwald, Tenn.)
                the grave.

                Murdered or Suicide???????????????? we will never know Obama administration refused to exhume the grave.
                Last edited by BEAR; 3 weeks ago.

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                • #9
                  Hey Guys need some help here, reading Undaunted Courage, by Ambrose, can't understand what the symbol " &c " means normally at the end of a sentence written by Lewis.
                  Please enlighten my mind.
                  "We failed, but in the good providence of God apparent failure often proves a blessing." Robert E. Lee

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Bill_inBouse View Post
                    Hey Guys need some help here, reading Undaunted Courage, by Ambrose, can't understand what the symbol " &c " means normally at the end of a sentence written by Lewis.
                    Please enlighten my mind.
                    shorthand for "et cetera."
                    -Remote locations are cheap insurance.
                    -There are two kinds of ships: Submarines and targets

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                    • #11
                      "And the rest"

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                      • #12
                        Finally found it, you are both correct
                        Thanks
                        "We failed, but in the good providence of God apparent failure often proves a blessing." Robert E. Lee

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by daboone View Post
                          Undaunted Courage by Stephen Ambrose was a national best seller and for good reason..
                          I live only a few miles from Clark's Look Out, here in the Beaverhead valley, and did at their camp at the base of the Bozeman pass and Old fort Elise in the Gallant valley, spent lots of time on the Clasp spit, @ the month of the Colombia river, the tour of Discovery, Ambrose work and the journal, our some of my favorite works, to quote " the men where never in better health then when they were feed a steady diet of puppy" I was just born 200 years to late, I would have volunteered, to meet them all, the bird women was take captive, about 12 miles from our old home in Belgrade, just above the three forks! To have lived in those times!!!! Another quote, "a men could ride a year in any direction with only his rifle and be behold to no one" I'll see who knows that one.
                          Mtman714; A man can do no better then to leave a good garden patch. Thomas Jefferson

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                          • #14
                            Trying to think of someone whose life spaned a big western civilazation change. Blank, except a John Wayne character quote?


                            "Lonely are the Brave"?

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                            • #15
                              One can only imagine what it must have been like to tread where no white man had ever been before. To witness thousands of buffalo, deer and elk unafraid of man. Unspoiled miles of prarrie, man I bet the trout fishing must have been fantastic, but I don't remember reading anything about the expedition doing any Cutthroat fishing LOL
                              "We failed, but in the good providence of God apparent failure often proves a blessing." Robert E. Lee

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