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Understand that the corp primarily traveled along rivers.
Why would they build Fort Bellefontaine at the site of a FOUNTAIN SPRING if=
there was plenty of Missouri river water to be had?
Why would they dig a well at Fort Osage on the Missouri river, if they coul=
d just drink from the river?
Why would they dig a well at Fort Dearborn with Lake Michigan only a stones=
throw away and the Chicago river right next to the Sally port?
Why did W. Scotts brigade in 1814 all have canteens, if they were primarily=
in the area of Buffalo, Ft.Erie Chippewa and Lundy's Lane? You would think=
that two of the Great Lakes and the Niagara river would be enough water? <g=
Yes, it is possible the Corp planned to drink enitrely from rivers, streams=
,etc. but highly unprobable. Did they actually think they would always be n=
ext to a river?
I agree that the so far we have found no documentation on canteens. However=
, I would not want to suggest that means they did not have canteens or somew=
ay to store and transport water.
Why take food stuffs if the West was full of food for the taking?
Ok, no fertilizer......well, actually there was....it was called manure. W=
hen Buffalo crossed the streams etc they would had "naturally" left a deposi=
t of manure. I can't remember if it was Bradbury or Sibley, but one of the=
m mentioned about large amounts of dead buffalo floating down the Missouri. =
Now that would be a tasty beverage, Missouri River water with just a dash of=
rotting buffalo for flavor. mmmmmm, good.
1st Infy. & Missouri Rangers.
> Hi Dave,
> The L & C Expedition traveled almost entirely by water in boats,
> floating in water. Canteens do not appear on the list of items
> purchased or drawn from public stores.
> One journal entry by Lewis [I think] covered his experiment of taking 1
> gallon of water from the river and letting it settle over night and
> finding that there was a wine glass of sediment. Jefferson had read
> McKenzies journal when he crossed the continent in the late 1790's where
> there was a portage of some 200 yards. The expectation of drinking from
> the streams on which they were traveling may not have prompted the
> planning to include canteens.
> No fertilizer or pesticide washing off of farms & ranches to pollute the
> rivers and streams. Dipping water from the river would have been the
> norm. [In 1989 I went canoeing in the boundary waters of NE Minnesota
> for 5½ days and it is so clean the we drank by dipping from the lakes.
> No sediment, thankfully!] All that said, it still does not shed any
> light on what canteens if any were available.
> Bob Dorian
> [aka Pvt. John Thompson, Cpt. Lewis' Company of North Western Discovery]