By Forrest Saunders, Multimedia Journalist - email
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -
"Sioux-lebrities" Lewis & Clark crossed the nation, it wasn't too easy to
ask the folks over at the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center. They say the
expedition, which started in 1804, was nine months in when the holly jolly day
appeared on the calendar. Holed up at Fort Mandan in North Dakota, the group
was waiting out the winter.
They didn't have a lot of luxuries, but they made the
best of it.
"They shot off a cannon to open up the day. It was like a big
celebration. They fired off their guns too. Then throughout the day, there was
lots of dancing to celebrate. You got to remember, this was their 2nd day off
is all, in the whole expedition," said Brent Wojcik with the Lewis &
Clark Interpretive Center.
expedition also celebrated with some spirits and gave gifts. Lewis and Clark
rewarded their men with tobacco twists and handkerchiefs. Typically, the group
would feast too. But supplies were short.
"They didn't have the food to do that. But they still said they
were in good health and that's more than all the luxuries life can afford, they
wrote," said Wojcik.
expedition had their 2nd Christmas at Fort Clatsop in Oregon, before starting
their trip home.
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