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Columbia Way in Vancouver in Clark County, Washington — The American West (Northwest)
 

Ilchee

 
 
Ilchee Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Kevin W., June 16, 2008
1. Ilchee Marker
Inscription.  
In Recognition of the People Who Have Inhabited this Region for Thousands of Years.

Ilchee Moon Girl

History says she was born along the Columbia River about 1800, daughter of Chinook Chief Concomley and, later, wife of Chief Casinos leader in Vancouver area.

Lore tells us she had the power of a Shaman and that she paddled her own canoe, the sign of a chief.

By both accounts she was remarkable.
 
Erected 1994.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ExplorationNative AmericansWomen. A significant historical year for this entry is 1800.
 
Location. 45° 36.963′ N, 122° 39.289′ W. Marker is in Vancouver, Washington, in Clark County. It is in Columbia Way. Marker can be reached from SE Columbia River Drive near Columbia Shores. This marker is along the Waterfront Renaissance Trail. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Vancouver WA 98661, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. From Military to Municipal Airfield (approx. 0.4 miles away); Pearson Airfield (approx. 0.6 miles away);
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The Chkalov Transpolar Flight (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Soviet Transpolar Flight of 1937 (approx. 0.6 miles away); The 321st Observation Squadron (1923-1941) (approx. 0.6 miles away); Carlton Foster Bond (approx. 0.6 miles away); Early Aviation History in Vancouver (approx. 0.6 miles away); Howard C. French / Alexander Pearson (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Vancouver.
 
More about this marker. Inlaid in the plaza near one of the benches is a marker identifying design considerations for this plaza. This marker can be seen below in the picture labeled "Columbia River Renaissance." It reads:

The distinctive Columbia River Renaissance benches and litter containers commemorate the 200th anniversary of Lt. William Broughton's historic 1792 voyage and naming of Vancouver.

The 1905 design resulted from a cooperative effort between the City of Vancouver and Columbia Cascade Company, an internationally renowned local manufacturer of outdoor furnishings.

Using recycled cast iron, the style reflects the American Craftsman period. During that
Ilchee Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Kevin W., June 16, 2008
2. Ilchee Marker
era, Vancouver's Esther Short Park was developed as a public square and illuminated with the decorative "Sheperd's Hook" light fixtures used throughout this project.
March 1994

 
Regarding Ilchee. The bronze statue created by Eric Jensen in 1994 and Ilchee Plaza honor the Chinook people who have inhabited this region for thousands of years. The Chinook nation was made up of five different tribes: Chinook, Clackamas, Clatsop, Wasco and Wishram.
 
Also see . . .  "Ilchee Bronze, Waterfront Renaissance Trail, Vancouver, Washington". From the series, Lewis & Clark's Columbia River - "200 Years Later" (Submitted on June 20, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.) 
 
Ilchee Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Richard Hawkins, April 23, 2016
3. Ilchee Marker
Ilchee Moon Girl image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Kevin W., June 16, 2008
4. Ilchee Moon Girl
Ilchee Plaza at Columbia Shore image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Kevin W., June 16, 2008
5. Ilchee Plaza at Columbia Shore
Contributors to Ilchee Plaza image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Kevin W., June 16, 2008
6. Contributors to Ilchee Plaza
Community Foundation for Southwest Washington • Firstenburg Family • The Columbian • Robert F. Petersen Memorial • Robert Cole • Lewis Rock
Ilchee Plaza Dedication image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Kevin W., June 16, 2008
7. Ilchee Plaza Dedication
Dedicated to Harold Arthur Whitfield
He worked with integrity and gave with gratitude
Columbia River Renaissance image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Kevin W., June 16, 2008
8. Columbia River Renaissance
American Craftsman Bench image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Richard Hawkins, August 21, 2016
9. American Craftsman Bench
Example of the Shepherd's Hook Lamp Posts image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Richard Hawkins, August 21, 2016
10. Example of the Shepherd's Hook Lamp Posts
Example of the Shepherd's Hook Lamp Posts image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Richard Hawkins, August 21, 2016
11. Example of the Shepherd's Hook Lamp Posts
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 7, 2023. It was originally submitted on June 19, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,302 times since then and 97 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 19, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.   3. submitted on April 23, 2016, by Richard Hawkins of Phelan, California.   4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on June 19, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.   9, 10, 11. submitted on August 21, 2016, by Richard Hawkins of Phelan, California.

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