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Near Chinook in Pacific County, Washington — The American West (Northwest)
 

Welcome to Middle Village

 
 
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By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, June 27, 2021
1. Welcome to Middle Village Marker
Inscription.  This place — where river meets ocean – is one of many stories. The Chinook people lived here at Qiqayaqilxam, or Middle Village, for countless generations. Qiqayaqilxam is one of several villages that stretched from Cape Disappointment to Pillar Rock, 25 miles upriver from the Pacific Ocean. From this strategic position along the lower Columbia River, the Chinook became mighty traders and powerful directors of commerce.

By the late 18th century, Americans and Europeans arrived, first for trade, and ultimately to lay claim to the Northwest. In 1805, Lewis and Clark's Corps of Discovery arrived, and from here achieved their mission of reaching the Pacific Ocean and advancing the U.S. bid for an empire that stretched from coast to coast. By the 1850s, the McGowan family settled here, and established a town and a salmon cannery and built a church.

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(top) Chinook paddlers sit at rest in a ceremonial canoe crafted by contemporary Chinook artists. Today, the Chinook Indian Nation consists of the descendants of five Chinookan tribes: Lower Chinook, Wahkiakium, Kathlamet, Clatsop and Willapa. Lisa
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By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, June 27, 2021
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(bottom) The Chinook, as accomplished canoeists, moved about the waterways of the region. In 1910, Edward Curtis photographed these Chinook canoes on Willapa Bay, which the Chinook reached by portages between small tributary rivers that connected the bay with the Columbia River. Northwestern University Library, Edward Curtis's 'The North American Indians,' the Photographic Images, 2011
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Native AmericansSettlements & SettlersWaterways & Vessels.
 
Location. 46° 14.833′ N, 123° 54.632′ W. Marker is near Chinook, Washington, in Pacific County. Marker is on U.S. 101, 1.7 miles west of State Route 401, on the right when traveling west. Marker is in the Middle Village/Station Camp Park wayside. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 354 US-101, Chinook WA 98614, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. What Are the First Stories of This Place? (here, next to this marker); A Collision of Cultures / How Did They Live? (a few steps from this marker); The Search for the Northwest Passage / Jefferson's Mission Accomplished (a few steps from this marker); How Do These Stories Continue? (within shouting distance of this marker); The Business of Trade
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(within shouting distance of this marker); In Search of Recognition (within shouting distance of this marker); St. Mary's Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Columbia (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chinook.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 16, 2021. It was originally submitted on July 16, 2021, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 65 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 16, 2021, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

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Nov. 28, 2021