Near Pasco in Franklin County, Washington — The American West (Northwest)
During the winter of 1804-05 at Fort Mandan, in present-day North Dakota , Captains Meriwether Lewis and William Clark hired Sacagawea’s French-Canadian husband, Toussaint Charbonneau, as an interpreter. Sacagawea would accompany him as the Expedition’s “interpretess,” as termed in the captains’ journals.
Sacagawea has been celebrated as a guide who bravely led the Expedition up the Missouri River, over the Rocky Mountains, and down the Snake and Columbia rivers to the Pacific Ocean, while caring for her infant son and husband. Expedition journals, however, reveal Sacagawea as an interpreter and food gatherer, symbol of friendship, and link to her own tribe. Although not a guide for the entire journey, she did recognize landmarks in the lands of her own people in the Rocky Mountains.
In 1931, the nearby state park was named in her honor.
Erected by Washington State Department of Transportation.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Lewis & Clark Expedition marker series.
Location. 46° 13.092′ Click for map. The marker is located in the middle of a scenic parking area on the left hand side of Sacajawea Park Road just south of US-12. Marker is in this post office area: Pasco WA 99301, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Ainsworth (here, next to this marker); Here Stood Fort Nez Perce (approx. 10.8 miles away); Fort Walla Walla (approx. 10.8 miles away).
Also see . . .
1. Washington State Park's Sacajawea Interpretive Center. The Sacajawea State Park and Interpretive Center features the Lewis and Clark Room which tells the remarkable story of these early explorers. The exhibits highlight their activities at this site and the role of their interpreter, Sacagawea. (Submitted on November 30, 2010, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.)
2. Lewis and Clark's Journey through Washington – Reaching the Columbia River at last!. (Submitted on November 30, 2010, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.)
Categories. • Exploration • Native Americans •
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