Great Falls

Lewis and Clark had been warned but they really didn’t know how bad it would be.
Based on information provided by the tribes on the river, Lewis and Clark were anticipating the barrier of the falls. They knew they would have to portage and they were expecting that to add an extra day of hard work to get past the falls and back on the river. The falls were much greater than they expected and it ended up taking them an extra month to get around them.
As you can see in the photos, the land surrounding the falls was not conducive to hauling the boats and all the cargo. The portage was described in the journals as being very tough, with steep hills, cactus tearing the mens moccasins, and the heat was unbearable—but the men did not complain.
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