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Near The Dalles in Wasco County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)
 

The Lewis and Clark Expedition

 
 
The Lewis and Clark Expedition Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, July 1, 2017
1. The Lewis and Clark Expedition Marker
Captions: (upper right) The United States purchased the Louisiana territory -- ore that 83,000 square miles -- from France in 1803. President Jefferson selected Meriwether Lewis (far left) to lead an expedition there.
With Jefferson's permission Lewis asked his friend and former commanding officer William Clark (left) to be co-leader. Although opposite in temperament, the worked harmoniously throughout the two-year journey.; (map, across the bottom) Route of the Expedition (with annotations) (Click on image to enlarge the map.)
Inscription. In 1804-06, Captains Meriwether Lewis and William Clark led about 40 soldiers and boatmen on an epic journey. President Thomas Jefferson commissioned this “Corps of Discovery” to find a route to the Pacific Ocean through the newly acquired Louisiana Territory. Along the way, they mapped the land, recorded its resources, and contacted its native inhabitants.
The landscape has changed since Lewis and Clark explored it: rivers have been dammed, forests cut over, prairies plowed under, and roads built to the horizon. Although remnants of wilderness still exist, imagine this land as Lewis and Clark first saw it two centuries ago.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Lewis & Clark Expedition marker series.
 
Location. 45° 39.032′ N, 120° 57.656′ W. Marker is near The Dalles, Oregon, in Wasco County. Marker can be reached from Oregon Route 206 near Interstate 84, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. This marker is located in Celilo Park near the parking lot. Celilo Park is accessed from Interstate 84 at Exit 97. Marker is in this post office area: The Dalles OR 97058, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Greatest Indian Fishery of the Northwest (a few steps from
The Lewis and Clark Expedition Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, July 1, 2017
2. The Lewis and Clark Expedition Marker
The marker is on the left.
this marker); Ancient Indian Fishing Grounds (within shouting distance of this marker); Celilo Falls Fishing Grounds (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Deschutes River Crossing (approx. 2.6 miles away); Deschutes River Crossing Oregon Trail Kiosk (approx. 2.8 miles away); First Sight of the Columbia River (approx. 5.7 miles away); Sam Hill Country (approx. 7.6 miles away in Washington); Stonehenge (approx. 8.1 miles away in Washington). Touch for a list and map of all markers in The Dalles.
 
Categories. Exploration
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 29, 2017. This page originally submitted on December 29, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 86 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 29, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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