St. Helens in Columbia County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)
down the trodden path...
The path before you represents the Corps of Discovery's journey on the Columbia River – from its confluence with the Snake to the Pacific Ocean. Entering the Columbia in mid-October 1805, they travelled along the river from shore to shore emerging at its mouth on November 7, 1805. The expedition overwintered at Fort Clatsop (Astoria) and returned home the following spring, passing many of the same landmarks.
The black granite tiles portray journal entries and summaries of the travel down the Columbia toward the Ocean. The return journey is addressed by the green tiles. The "art" tiles with "found objects" are designed to pique your curiosity about the expedition's discoveries.
All the tiles are proportionately spaced according to the expedition's progression along the river. Closely spaced tiles indicate longer time spent at certain locations; tiles spaced far apart indicate a greater travel distance along the river. To experience this journey, walk the path and read the journals. Learn about obstacles and discoveries recorded by Lewis and Clark in 1805-06. A magnifying glass icon indicates the discovery
Lewis and Clark were instructed by President Jefferson to take careful note of the plants and animals of the West. In all, the expedition recorded 178 plants and 122 animals never previously described. During the winter respite of 1805-06 at Fort Clatsop, OR, Meriwether Lewis described 35 mammals, 50 birds, 10 reptiles and fish, and 5 invertebrates - of these, 11 mammals, 11 birds, and 2 fish were new to science.
President Jefferson also instructed the explorers to meet with Indian tribes and record their customs, languages, populations, religions, food, clothing, and willingness to trade with Americans. Their journals are filled with entries - providing in some instances the first and sometimes the only - detailed descriptions of this region's different native peoples.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Lewis & Clark Expedition marker series.
Location. 45° 51.795′ N, 122° 47.838′ W. Marker is in St. Helens, Oregon, in Columbia County. Marker is at the intersection of Yachts Landing and The Strand, on the left when traveling west on Yachts Landing. Marker is located in Plaza Square, west of the old Columbia County Courthouse building. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Saint Helens OR 97051, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this Lewis & Clark Discovery Trail (a few steps from this marker); Warrior Rock Fog Bell (within shouting distance of this marker); Woodland Community Veterans Memorial (approx. 3.6 miles away in Washington); Deer Island (approx. 5½ miles away); Early Highway of the West (approx. 7.2 miles away in Washington); Fort Vancouver (approx. 7.2 miles away in Washington); The Finn Hall (approx. 7½ miles away in Washington); Thomas McKay (approx. 8.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Helens.
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1. Scientific Encounters.
Between 1804 and 1806, Lewis and Clark made the first systematic reports, based on scientific measurement and observations, of the Missouri River--not only its course, but its flora and fauna, depth and current, tributaries and inhabitants. They continued onward to document their observations in the Rocky Mountains and the Pacific Northwest. Lewis and Clark described for science at least 120 mammals, birds, reptiles and fish, as well as at least 182 plant species. (Submitted on January 22, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Lewis and Clark encountered many new species of animals and plants.
On Lewis and Clark's expedition, they encountered 120 mammals, reptiles, and fish. Some examples of these animals are Coyotes, Eastern Wood Rats, Grizzly Bears, Prairie Dogs, and Pronghorn Antelopes. On these expeditions, (Submitted on January 22, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
3. Lewis & Clark Expedition: Wildlife Species Information.
Lewis and Clark became the first scientists to document the natural history of the American West. They were careful and accurate observers, and the experts of the time had trained Lewis in natural history and the methods of collecting samples of plants and animals. From St. Louis up the Missouri River, over the Continental Divide, down the Columbia River to the Pacific Ocean and back again, they recorded 178 plants and 122 animals previously unknown to science. (Submitted on January 22, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on January 22, 2018. This page originally submitted on January 21, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 123 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on January 21, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on January 22, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.