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Garibaldi in Tillamook County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)
 

Captain Robert Gray

1755 - 1805

 
 
Captain Robert Gray Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, September 22, 2017
1. Captain Robert Gray Marker
Inscription.  Captain Robert Gray was born in Tiverton, Rhode Island, 10 May 1755. Little is known of his youth. During the American Revolution and our war with the French (1798-1801) Captain Gray commanded Letter of Marque vessels. She was Alert, another was Lucy; a privateer during the early period he lost an eye. He was the first American to land on the Pacific Coast of the Western Hemisphere; about one mile from here, and the first American to take his vessel to Hawaii. Captain Gray was the first American to circumnavigate the globe; not once but twice. He was the first to build an American vessel, Adventure on the northwest coast.

On 7 May 1792 he discovered Gray's Harbor, Washington. On 17 May 1792 Captain Gray discovers the "Great River of the West" which he named Columbia's River. This feat alone resulted in the United States finally acquiring the Oregon Territory out of which were carved the states of Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and parts of Montana and Wyoming for the United States of America.

America's first space shuttle was name Columbia after Captain Gary's ship, the first to carry the American flag around the globe.
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Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Air & SpaceExplorationWar, US RevolutionaryWaterways & Vessels. A significant historical date for this entry is May 10, 1755.
 
Location. 45° 33.546′ N, 123° 55.674′ W. Marker is in Garibaldi, Oregon, in Tillamook County. Marker is at the intersection of U.S. Highway 101 (U.S. 101) and 2nd Street, on the right when traveling north on U.S. Highway 101. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 112 US Highway 101, Garibaldi OR 97118, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Captain Robert Gray (here, next to this marker); A Way of Life Centered around a 1-Ton Crystal Lens (approx. 5.6 miles away); Kelly Building (approx. 8.2 miles away); Mill Stone (approx. 8.2 miles away); Tillamook County (approx. 8.2 miles away); Steam Donkey (approx. 8.2 miles away); Tillamook Hotel (approx. 8.2 miles away); Beals Building (approx. 8.2 miles away).
 
More about this marker. The statue of Captain Robert Gray is in front of the Garibaldi Maritime Museum.
 
Captain Robert Gray Statue and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, September 22, 2017
2. Captain Robert Gray Statue and Marker
Captain Robert Gray Statue and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, September 22, 2017
3. Captain Robert Gray Statue and Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 2, 2022. It was originally submitted on February 1, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 502 times since then and 67 times this year. Last updated on August 2, 2022, by Mi Kelor of Anywhere, Everywhere. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on February 1, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.

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