August 08, 1805
Meriwether Lewis

We had a heavy dew this morning.  as one canoe had been left we had now more hads to spear for the chase; game being scarce it requires more hunters to supply us.  we therefore dispatched four this morning.  we set out at sunrise and continued our rout up the river which we find much more gentle and deep than below the entrance of Wisdom river it is from 35 to 45 yards wide very crooked many short bends constituteing large and general bends; insomuch that altho' we travel briskly and a considerable distance yet it takes us only a few miles on our general course or rout.  there is but very little timber on this fork principally the under brush frequently mentioned.  I observe a considerable quantity of the buffaloe clover in the bottoms. [If this is true clover, the most likely species is Longstalk Clover, Trifolium longipes. It is more likely Mountain Thermopsis, Thermopsis montana  which is not true clover but is common in the wet meadows of the area and has the long, narrow, trifoliate leaflets as described. See August 16, 1805.] the sunflower, flax, green swoard, thistle and several species of the rye grass some of which rise to the hight of 3 or 4 feet. [Nuttall Sunflower, Helianthus nuttallii common in this habitat.  The term greensward refers to a lush, green meadow. One of the rye grasses is likely Basin Wildrye, Elymus cinereus which is tall, bunch-forming grass. Other wildrye species of the area include Canada Wildrye, E. canadensis, and numerous species of Agropyron with flower heads similar to wildrye.]   there is a grass [Northern Reedgrass, Calamagrostis stricta  which has a flower structure similar to cultivated timothy, fits the ecological and morphological description, and is known from the immediate area. Another possibility is Stream Foxtail, Alopecurus, which is also similar to timothy in flower structure but not as common as Calamagrostis.] also with a soft smooth leaf that bears it's seeds very much like the timothy but it dose not grow very luxouriant or appear as if it would answer so well as the common timothy for meadows.  I preserved some of it's seed which are now ripe, thinking perhaps it might answer better if cultivated, at all events is at least wirth the experiment.  it rises about 3 feet high.  on a direct line about 2 miles above our encampment of this morning we passed the entrance of Philanthrophy River which discharges itself by 2 channels a small distance assunder.  this river from it's size and S. Eastwardly course no doubt heads with Madisons river in the snowey mountains visible in that direction. [The Gravelly Range. However, the Madison River heads in the Yellowstone Plateau in northwestern Wyoming.]  at noon Reubin Fields arrived and reported that he had been up Wisdom river some miles above where it entered the mountain and could find nothing of Shannon, he had killed a deer and an Antelope.   great quantity of beaver Otter and musk-rats in these rivers.  two of the hunters we sent out this morning returned at noon had killed each a deer and an Antelope.   we use the seting poles today almost altogether.  we encamped on  the Lard side [A few miles above the mouth of the Ruby (Philanthropy) River.] where there was but little timbr were obliged to use willow brush for fuel; the rosebushes and bryers were very thick. Clarks ankle has discharged a considerable quantity of matter but is still much swolen and inflamed and gives gim considerable pain.  saw a number of Gees ducks and some Crains today.  the former begin to fly.--

the evening again proved cloudy much to my mortification and prevented my making any lunar observations.  the Indian woman recognized the point of a high plain to our right which she informed us was not very distant from the summer retreat of her nation on a river beyond the mountains which runs to the west.   this hill she says her nation calls the beaver's head from a conceived re[se]mblance of it's figure to the head of that animal. [Beaver head (or Beaver's Head) Rock along Highway 41, about 12 miles southwest of Twin Bridges and 14 miles northeast of Dillon.   It has been confused with the landmark Lewis named Rattlesnake Cliffs, farther upstream.  See August 10, 1805.  Beaverhead Rock, and the narrows of this river there, are formed by a small, upfaulted block of limestone.  Because the limestone is more resistant to erosion than the adjacent Tertiary sediments, the block stands out in relief, rising more than 370 feet above the floodplain of the river.]  she assures us that we shall either find her people on this river or on the river immediately west of it's source;  which from it's present size cannot be very distant. as it is now all important withus to meet with those people as soon as possible, I determined <to leave the charge of the party, and the care of the lunar observations to Capt. Clark; and > to proceed tomorrow iwth a small party to the source of the principal stream of this river and pass the mountains to the Columbia; and down that river untill I found the Indians; in short it is my resolusion to find them or some others, who have horses if it should cause me a trip of one month. for without horses we shall be obliged to leave a great part of our stores, of which, it appears to me that we have a stock already sufficiently small for the length of the boyage before us.

Courses and Distances of August 8th 1805.

South   2 Miles to the upper or principal entrance of Philanthrophy River on Lard. being 5 Miles by water, passing seven bends on the Lard. side, two islands and several bayous.  this river is 30 yds. wide is navigable and heads in the Roky Mountains with Madison's River.--
S. 20 W.   6  to a few high trees on the Stard. side, the river bending to the East two miles from this course. and the distance by water 14 miles passing an island at 1 M.   another at 7 M. several small bayous and 35 bends on Strd. side the majority of the bends being short and circular.

Miles

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August 08, 1805
William Clark

We proceeded on early  wind from the SW. The Thermometer at 52 a o at Sunrise   at 5 miles by water & 4 1/2 on a derect line from the forks we passed a River on the Lard Side 30 yards wide and navagable for Some distnace takeing its rise in the Mountains Easterly & with the waters of Madisons River, passes thro an extensive vallie open & furtill &c.  this river we call Philanthophy--  above this river (which has but little timber) Jeffersons R is crooked with Short bends a fiew Islands and maney gravelly Sholes, no large timber, Small willow Birch & Srubs &c.   Encamped on the Lard Side, R Fields joined us this eveng. & informes that he could not find Shannon  my foot yet verry Swore

August 08, 1805
John Ordway

a clear cold morning.  a heavy diew.  4 hunters Sent out at light.  we Set out at Sun rise and proceeded on. passed beautiful praries on each Side, but little timber, only willows currents &C.  passed the left had or South fork [Ruby River, called Philanthropy by Lewis & Clark].  has 2 mouths   empties in a 2 places but is not as large as the middle fork which we Still take. Saw a little Snow on the knobs back of this large and extensive valley, which is Smooth level prarie.  the 3 forks all comes in at this valley. Saw mild onions & golden rod.  the prarie is covred with grass which is high in places.  the beaver abounds on these Rivers.  they have dams and pond &C. in different places.   the Soil of these praries is much better than it has been below for along distance.   proceeded on  passed a fine Spring on L. S.  one of the hunters brought us a deer which he had killed. Saw a nomber of geese & dicks on the River.   passed beautiful prarie on each Side covred with high grass thissels Sun flowers Some clover and different kinds of herbs &C. &C. at noon R. Fields who had been hunting for Shannon returned to us.  had not found him.  had killed a deer & a goat also.  one other of the hunters came in  had killed a deer & a goat or antelope.  the day warm.  a verry pleasant part of the country in this valley, which appears to be 10 or 12 miles wide all Smooth prarie except a fiew groves of cotton trees willows & bushes beaver dams &C. on the River, which is verry crooked but not So rapid as below, and only about 25 yards wide, and verry crooked  the bends Short passed upwards of 60 points this day. Came [blank] miles & Camped [above the mouth of Ruby River] in a thicket of bushes on the L. s.  the hunters came in with another Deer.--

August 08, 1805
Patrick Gass

We proceeded on early and had a pleasant morning. The west branch which we went up is about 30 yards wide, and the south, which we passed, about 15 yards. [The west branch is Ruby river, the expedition's Philanthropy river.]  Three hunters went by land to day, and at noon had killed 2 deer and a goat or cabre. The river is very crooked in this valley. The hunters again went out in the afternoon and killed 2 deer more. There are no buffaloe in this party of the country, and the other game is not plenty. We went this day 19 miles.

We found out the reason why Capt. Clarke did not get the note left at the point, which was that a beaver had cut down and dragged off the pole, on which I had fixed it.

August 08, 1805
Joseph Whitehouse

a clear cold morning.   4 hunters Sent out eairly to hunt.   we Set out at Sunrise, and proceeded on   passed beautiful Smooth prarie on each Side, but little timber only willows and bushes currents & c.  passed the left hand fork [Ruby River, the Philanthropy River to the Corp, which meets the Beaverhead to form the Jefferson. They continued up the "middle fork," the Beaverhead, which they continued to call the Jefferson.] which empties in at 2 places, but is not as large as the middle fork.  Saw a little Snow on the knobs & mountains at a Short distance back from the [river]   this large & extensive valley which looks verry pleasant.   the Soil of these praries is much better than below, for a long distance   we proceeded on   passed a fine Spring on L. S. one of the hunters brought us a deer which he killed.   Saw a nomber of geese & ducks on the River.   passed delightfull prarie on each Side covred with high grass thissels Small Sun flowers [Nuttall Sunflower, Helianthus nuttallii] and a nomber of other kinds of flowers &c.   at noon R. Fields joined us had been hunting for Shannon but had not found him.    he had killed a deer & a goat &c.   one of the other hunters joined us had killed a deer & a goat also--   the day warm & pleasant, in this valley, which is 10 or 12 miles wide & all prarie.    proceeded on halled the canoes over Several Shole places.   this little River which we call Jeffersons River is only about 25 yards wide but jenerally eight or 10 feet deep, and verry crooked.   we passed upwards of 60 points this day in comming [blank] miles and Camped [A few miles above the mouth of Ruby River.] in a thicket of bushes on the Lard. Side.-- one more deer kill

August 08, 1805
Joseph Whitehouse

This morning Clear & cool weather, 4 of our hunters were sent out to hunt, We set out at Sun rise, and proceeded on & passed beautifull smooth Priaries lying on both sides of the River, which had little of any kind of timber on them, except Willow [blank] Hazle [Hazelnut, Corylus americana, is not found this far west. It is not clear why the copyist added this or what the plant is.] & currant bushes, We passed the left hand fork of the River, which emties itself in to the middle fork at 2 places.   It was not as large as the Middle fork; We saw Snow lying on the Nobs & mountains, which lay but at a Short distance from us, back from the Middle fork lies an extensive Valley which had a beautifull appearance, & the Soil much better, than what we saw below, for a long distance.   We proceeded on, and passed a fine spring of water lying on the South side of the River, One of our hunters brought us a deer which he had killed--   We halted & took it on board & proceeded on and saw a number of Ducks & Geese in the River, and beautiful Priaries lying on both sides of it, cover'd with high Grass thistles, Sun & other flowers.   One of our hunters joined us.   he had been hunting for Shannon, the Man that we had lost, but had not found him.   He had killed One deer & a Goat, One of our other hunters joined us also, he had also killed a deer & a Goat, all of which we took on board.   The day proved warm & pleasant in the Valley which is between 10 and 12 Miles wide & all Priari.   We proceeded on, & hawled our Canoes over several Shoals in the little River, which we call Jefferson River <and> which is about 25 <Miles> Yards wide at this place & generally between eight & ten feet deep, and very crooked, We passed upwards of 60 points this day in coming of 14 Miles, which is the distance we have come.  We encamped in a thicket of bushes, laying on the South side of the River.  One of our hunters returned to us here & brought in a Deer which he had killed.--