“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Deer Island in Columbia County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)

Oregon History

Deer Island

Deer Island Marker image. Click for full size.
January 19, 2007
1. Deer Island Marker
Inscription.  Deer Island in the Columbia was named by the Lewis and Clark Expedition which stopped to dine here November 5, 1805 on its way down river. Homeward bound the explorers camped on the island on March 28,1806. Captain Clark recorded "This morning we set out very early and at 9 a.m. arrived at an old Indian village on NE side of Deer Island where we found our hunters had halted and left one man with the canoes at their camp. They arrived last evening and six of them turned out very early to hunt, at 10 a.m. They all returned to camp having killed seven deer. The Indians call this large island E-Lal-Lar, or Deer Island. (Marker Number M1.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ExplorationWaterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Lewis & Clark Expedition series list. A significant historical month for this entry is March 1807.
Location. Marker has been reported missing. It was located near 45° 56.111′ N, 122° 50.871′ W. Marker was near Deer Island, Oregon, in Columbia County. Marker was on Columbia River
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January 19, 2007
2. Deer Island Marker
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Highway (U.S. 30) near North Buck Way, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker was in this post office area: Deer Island OR 97054, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 13 miles of this location, measured as the crow flies. Woodland Community Veterans Memorial (approx. 5.4 miles away in Washington); Warrior Rock Fog Bell (approx. 5½ miles away); down the trodden path... (approx. 5½ miles away); Lewis & Clark Discovery Trail (approx. 5½ miles away); The Finn Hall (approx. 7½ miles away in Washington); Early Highway of the West (approx. 12.4 miles away in Washington); Fort Vancouver (approx. 12.4 miles away in Washington); Thomas McKay (approx. 13 miles away).
More about this marker. Marker was removed prior to April of 2015 and my understanding is that it is now with the Oregon Historical Society because the Oregon Department of Transportation does not want to maintain it.
Also see . . .  The Columbia River - A Photographic Journey. Lewis & Clark's Columbia River - 200 Years Later: Deer Island, Oregon. (Submitted on May 28, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.) 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 9, 2022. It was originally submitted on May 28, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,627 times since then and 17 times this year. Last updated on April 6, 2022, by Mark W Stevens of Columbia City, Oregon. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 28, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.

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