Lewis and Clark

Ever wonder how Meriwether Lewis (pictured, left) and William Clark (pictured, right) spent New Year’s Day 1806 at Fort Clatsop?

From Clark’s journal (tinyurl.com/lcnewyear): “This morning I was awoke at an early hour by the discharge of a Volley of Small arms, which were fired by our party in front of our quarters to usher in the new year, this was the only mark of respect which we had it in our power to pay this Selibrated day.

“Our repast of this day, tho’ better than that of Christmas, Consisted principally in the anticipation of the 1st day of January 1807, when in the bosom of our friends we hope to participate in the mirth and hilarity of the day ... At present we were Content with eating our boiled Elk and Wap-pato, and Solacing our thirst with our only beverage, pure water.”

Here’s hoping your New Year’s Day is more palatable than theirs. (Dec. 28, 2012)

Elleda Wilson is an editorial assistant for The Daily Astorian and author of the award-winning In One Ear community column. Contact her at 971-704-1718 or ewilson@dailyastorian.com.

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