Near Astoria in Clatsop County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)
Traveling the Rivers
Despite many of the men being sick, they built five canoes in ten days. Shortly after leaving the Clearwater camp, according to Clark on October 7, 1805, "the Canoe in which I was Struck a rock and Sprung a leak in the 3rd rapid, we proceeded on..."
The explorers first saw and purchased a Chinookan canoe near The Dalles. Clark wrote on October 23, 1805, "these Canoes are neeter made than any I have ever Seen and Calculated to ride the waves, and cary emence burthens..."
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The Corps of Discovery arrived at this site in its four dugout canoes and one Indian canoe on December 7, 1805, to establish Fort Clatsop as its winter quarters. During The Corps' sojourn here, this place along the river (which is now the Lewis and Clark River) served as the expeditions
"This morning the Sergt. of the Guard reported the absence of one of the large perogues. it had broken the chord by which it was attached and the tide had taken it off... we now directed three of the perogues to be drawn up out of reach of the tide and the fourth to be mored in the small branch just about the landing..." -- Captain Meriwether Lewis, January 14, 1806
perogues - Lewis is referring to their canoes
Erected by National Park Service.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Exploration • Waterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Lewis & Clark Expedition series list. A significant historical date for this entry is December 7, 1805.
Location. 46° 7.946′ N, 123° 52.682′ W. Marker is near Astoria, Oregon, in Clatsop County. Marker can be reached from Fort Clatsop Road near Business U.S. 101. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 92345 Fort Clatsop Road, Astoria OR 97103, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Why are Those Poles in the Water? (a few steps from this marker); Winter at Fort Clatsop (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Sacagawea (approx. 0.2 miles away); Astoria & Warrenton (approx. 0.2 miles away); Fort Clatsop (approx. ¾ mile away); Japanese Bombardment (approx. 3.4 miles away); Astoria Sesquicentennial (approx. 3.7 miles away); Uniontown Curfew Bell (approx. 4.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Astoria.
More about this marker. This marker is located a short walk from the Fort Clatsop Visitor Center.
Credits. This page was last revised on February 1, 2018. It was originally submitted on February 1, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 92 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on February 1, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.