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Corbett in Multnomah County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)
 

Lewis and Clark Expedition

- Rooster Rock -

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, August 13, 2020
1. Lewis and Clark Expedition Marker
Inscription.  Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, the two great American explores who made secure claim of the United States for the Oregon Country, passed along this stretch of the Columbia River with their Corp of Discovery on their way to the Pacific Ocean on October 31 -- November 2, 1805. They brought their boats through the "great shute" (now covered by the waters of Bonneville Dam) and recorded "a remarkable high detached rock stands in a bottom on the Starᵈ side ... (it is) 800 feet high and 400 paces around, we call (it) the Beaten Rock." A later journal entry called it Beacon Rock.
The captains described "great numbers of sea otters" and "a high clift of black rocks" (Cape Horn) on the north shore. Clark wrote "here the river widens to near a mile, and the bottoms are more extensive and thickly timbered, as also the high mountains on each side ... passed a rock near the middle of the river, about 100 feet high and 80 feet diameter (Phoca Rock)... we encamped under a high projecting rock on the larᵈ side (Rooster Rock)."
The expedition camped in this area April 6-9, 1806, on their return journey. They noted that Beacon Rock
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By Barry Swackhamer, August 13, 2020
2. Lewis and Clark Expedition Marker
"may be esteemed the head of tidewater."
 
Erected by Oregon State Parks.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ExplorationNatural FeaturesWaterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Lewis & Clark Expedition series list.
 
Location. 45° 32.829′ N, 122° 14.153′ W. Marker is in Corbett, Oregon, in Multnomah County. Marker is on Rooster Rock Park (Interstate 84) near Interstate 84. This marker is located in Rooster Rock State Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Corbett OR 97019, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Rooster Rock State Park (a few steps from this marker); Camping Among the Giants (within shouting distance of this marker); Samuel C. Lancaster (approx. 0.7 miles away); Marshall N. Dana (approx. 0.7 miles away); Vista House (approx. 0.7 miles away); Chanticleer Point (approx. 1˝ miles away); a different marker also named Chanticleer Point (approx. 1˝ miles away); Samuel Hill – “Road Builder” (approx. 1˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Corbett.
 
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3. Rooster Rock
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 24, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 24, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 20 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 24, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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