7. Fireplaces would have been made from either stone or mud brick and lined with clay.
8. Floors: William Clark’s journal mentions a puncheon (rough plank) floor.
9. The fresh water spring was located 75 yards from the fort complex.
10. The winter quarters housed the 33 members of the Lewis and Clark expedition who had reached the Pacific coast. They included Captains Lewis and Clark, 27 enlisted personnel, York, Captain Clark's servant, Toussaint Charbonneau, his wife Sacajawea and baby Baptiste.
11. Members of the Clatsop and Chinook Native Indian tribes visited Fort Clatsop on almost a daily basis taking the opportunity to trade. William Clark described them as 'close bargainers'.
12. The Corps of Discovery spent a total of 106 days at Fort Clatsop. According to Chief Cliff Snyder of the Chinook Tribe there were only 12 days without rain during their stay.
13. During their stay the men suffered from influenza, colds, rheumatism, and other different ailments. Their physical strength had been drained during their long, arduous journey had be severely drained.
14. As the winter spent at Fort Clatsop was subject to almost constant rain the men spent much of their time indoors. Time was spent on the care and maintenance of their weapons, making clothes for the return journey and making candles.
15. Clark and Lewis and other men of the expedition who kept journals updated their entries and spent time making additional notes on the plants and animals in their immediate vicinity. They also had the time to write good descriptions of the wildlife and were able to draw excellent sketches.
16. Captain William Clark took the opportunity to work on the maps he had drawn during the journey.
17. On March 23, 1806 the Lewis and Clark expedition left Fort Clatsop began their journey home.
18. A replica of Fort Clatsop can be visited at the Lewis and Clark National Historical Park
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