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Near The Dalles in Wasco County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)
 

The Lewis and Clark Expedition

 
 
The Lewis and Clark Expedition Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, July 1, 2017
1. The Lewis and Clark Expedition Marker
Captions: (upper right) The United States purchased the Louisiana territory -- ore that 83,000 square miles -- from France in 1803. President Jefferson selected Meriwether Lewis (far left) to lead an expedition there.
With Jefferson's permission Lewis asked his friend and former commanding officer William Clark (left) to be co-leader. Although opposite in temperament, the worked harmoniously throughout the two-year journey.; (map, across the bottom) Route of the Expedition (with annotations) (Click on image to enlarge the map.)
Inscription.  In 1804-06, Captains Meriwether Lewis and William Clark led about 40 soldiers and boatmen on an epic journey. President Thomas Jefferson commissioned this “Corps of Discovery” to find a route to the Pacific Ocean through the newly acquired Louisiana Territory. Along the way, they mapped the land, recorded its resources, and contacted its native inhabitants.
The landscape has changed since Lewis and Clark explored it: rivers have been dammed, forests cut over, prairies plowed under, and roads built to the horizon. Although remnants of wilderness still exist, imagine this land as Lewis and Clark first saw it two centuries ago.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Exploration. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #03 Thomas Jefferson, and the Lewis & Clark Expedition series lists.
 
Location. 45° 39.032′ N, 120° 57.656′ W. Marker is near The Dalles, Oregon, in Wasco County. Marker can be reached from Oregon Route 206 near Interstate 84, on the right when traveling west. This
The Lewis and Clark Expedition Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, July 1, 2017
2. The Lewis and Clark Expedition Marker
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marker is located in Celilo Park near the parking lot. Celilo Park is accessed from Interstate 84 at Exit 97. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: The Dalles OR 97058, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Greatest Indian Fishery of the Northwest (a few steps from this marker); Ancient Indian Fishing Grounds (within shouting distance of this marker); Celilo Falls Fishing Grounds (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Class P-2 Engine No. 2507 (approx. 0.6 miles away in Washington); Great Falls of the Columbia (approx. 0.9 miles away in Washington); Wyam (approx. 0.9 miles away in Washington); Celilo Falls (approx. 0.9 miles away in Washington); View of Mount Jefferson (approx. 0.9 miles away in Washington). Touch for a list and map of all markers in The Dalles.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 29, 2017. It was originally submitted on December 29, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 122 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 29, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.

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