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Near Dayton in Columbia County, Washington — The American West (Northwest)
 

Patit Creek Campsite

Silhouette Legend

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, August 15, 2020
1. Silhouette Legend Marker
Inscription.  1. Pvt. William E. Bratton; Blacksmith, gunsmith, skilled hunter, plant forager and messenger. Resting - bad back.
2. Jean Baptiste Charbonneau; Nick-named Pompey or Pomp. Son of Sacagawea and Toussaint Charbonneau.
3. Toussaint Charbonneau; Interpreter, camp tender and cook. The Captains were fond of his Boudin Blanc recipe, cooking.
4. Captain William Clark; Journalist, took celestial readings and made maps. Giving orders to his servant, York.
5. Pvt. John Collins; Hunter and camp tender. Starting a fire.
6. Pvt. John Colter; Good Mountain Man. Coming in from hunting.
7. Pierre Cruzatte; Navigator, interpreter and fiddle player. Tending campfire.
8. George Drouillard; Interpreter, particularly sign language and hunter. Captains depended on him for the tough jobs.
9. Pvt. Joseph Field; Woodsman and hunter ... he and brother were the best shots. Cleaning gun.
10. Pvt. Reuben Field; Woodsman and hunter,. Coming in to camp from hunting.
11. Pvt. Robert Frazier; Good trader, camp tender and hunter. Sorting pack bags.
12. Sgt. Patrick Gass; Carpenter of canoes and winter
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By Barry Swackhamer, August 15, 2020
2. Patit Creek Campsite and Silhouette Legend Marker
camps. Directing the collection of dogs.
13. Pvt. George Gibson; Hunter, reliable in any chore. Tending campfire.
14. Pvt. Silas Goodrich; Good fisherman. Bringing water for cooking.
15. Pvt. Hugh Hall; Chopping wood for campfire.
16. Pvt. Thomas Procter Howard; Bringing in wood for campfire.
17. Francois Labiche; Interpreter, trader and skilled boatman. Sorting pack bags.
18. Jean Baptiste Lepage; Interpreter and camp tender. Hobbling the white stallion.
19. Captain Meriwether Lewis; Journalist, medic, and botanist. Eating cow parsnip.
20. Pvt. Hugh McNeal; Hunter. Holding a duck.
21. Sgt. John Ordway; Journalist. Handing out meat for cooking.
22. Pvt. John Potts; Camp tender. Carrying wood.
23. Sgt. Nathaniel Bale Pryor; Coaxing dog.
24. Sacagawea; Interpreter, camp tender, cook, gatherer and mother of Pomp. Hanging cradle board on tent pole.
25. Seaman; Captain Lewis's Newfoundland dog.
26. Pvt. George Shannon; Camp tender, youngest of the group. Chopping wood.
27. Pvt. John Shields; Blacksmith, gunsmith, hunter and boatman. Repairing gun.
28. Pvt. John Thompson; Surveyor and cook. Cooking.
29. Pvt. Peter Wieser, Camp tender. Holding the white stallion.
30. Pvt. William Werner, Cook. Herding dogs.
31. Pvt. Joseph Whitehouse, Journalist, tanner and clothing
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By Scenic Washington State 365
3. Patit Creek Campsite
As part of the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial, a group of Dayton residents created a full-scale restoration of the campsite with life-size metal silhouette sculptures. Using the journals as reference, all members (human and animal) of the expedition are represented. The camp is located just two miles east of Dayton on Patit road. Silhouette statues of Lewis, Clark and horses mark Patit Rd at the turn from US Highway 12. Signs at the site include a legend of those represented. -- Scenic Washington State 365
maker. Repairing some gear.
32. Pvt. Alexander Willard; Blacksmith, gunsmith and hunter. Sorting some pack bags.
33. Pvt. Richard Windsor; Hunter, an all-around member. Coming in from hunting.
34. York; Servant of Captain Clark. Taking orders from his master.
35. Indian guide; Started from camp of Chief Yellept. Showing Captain Lewis how to peel and eat cow parsnip.
36, 37, 38. Indians who joined the Corps the day before. Communicating with Drouillard.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Exploration. In addition, it is included in the Lewis & Clark Expedition series list.
 
Location. 46° 20.741′ N, 117° 56.158′ W. Marker is near Dayton, Washington, in Columbia County. Marker is at the intersection of Patit Road and Ronan Hill Road, on the right when traveling east on Patit Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Dayton WA 99328, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. "encamped on the N. side" (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Patit Creek Campsite (a few steps from this marker); Columbia County (approx. 2.6 miles away); City of Dayton (approx. 2.7 miles away); Railroad Track Park (approx. 2.7 miles away); Oldest Existing Depot in the State of Washington
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(approx. 2.7 miles away); The Celilo Falls Trail (approx. 2.8 miles away); Smith Hollow Schoolhouse (approx. 2.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dayton.
 
Also see . . .
1. Enlisted Men -- Discovering Lewis & Clark. Provides biographical information on the men of the Corps of Discovery. (Submitted on November 1, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.) 

2. Discovering Lewis & Clark. The Go To site for all things Lewis and Clark. (Submitted on November 1, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.) 

3. Journals of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. This website makes available the text of the celebrated Nebraska edition of the Lewis and Clark journals, edited by Gary E. Moulton. Moulton's edition—the most accurate and inclusive edition ever published—is one of the major scholarly achievements of the late twentieth century. The site features the full text—almost five thousand pages—of the journals. Also included are a gallery of images, important supplemental texts, and audio files of selected passages plus Native American perspectives. With a focus on full-text searchability and ease of navigation, the Journals of the Lewis and Clark Expedition Online is intended
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to be both a useful tool for scholars and an engaging website for the general public.
(Submitted on November 1, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 1, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 1, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 33 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 1, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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