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"Explorers at the Portage" plaque
Photographer: Cosmos Mariner
Taken: July 8, 2013
Caption: "Explorers at the Portage" plaque
Additional Description:
Explorers at the Portage
Robert M. Scriver, Sculptor

excerpt from the journals of Captain Meriwether Lewis:
”I selected a fat buffaloe and shot him very well, through the lungs;
…expecting him to fail…
… a large white, or reather brown bear… crept on me within 20 steps before I discovered him; …I drew up my gun to shoot, …but recollected that she was not loaded… I thought of retreating in a brisk walk… as he was advancing… but I had no sooner terned myself about but he pitched at me, open mouthed and full speed, …the idea struk me to get into the water to such depth that I could stand and he would be obliged to swim, and that I could in that situation defend myself with my espontoon; …the moment I put myself in this attitude of defence he sudonly wheeled about… (and) declined the combat.”

Capt. Lewis – June 14, 1805
Submitted: November 21, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
Database Locator Identification Number: p454738
File Size: 5.415 Megabytes

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