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

The Corps of Discovery “Into the Narrows”

Thursday 24th October 1805

 
 
The Corps of Discovery "Into the Narrows" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, July 2, 2017
1. The Corps of Discovery "Into the Narrows" Marker
(Notes on the map at the bottom of the text, top to bottom: Portage of 1200 yards; Little Narrows 1/4 long 45 yds wide; Encampment 24th Oct; Long Narrows 3 m. long 50 to 100 yds wide; E-che-Lute Nation of 21 large wooden houses stuck 6 feet under ground; 107 sacks of pounded fish.)
Inscription. President Thomas Jefferson's vision, which was reflected in a letter of credit written in 1803 was about to be realized in less than 200 miles, but first the Corps had to shoot the rapids of the Narrows of the Columbia. The important supplies were portaged and the swimming members of the party boarded the canoes and cast off.
The "Short Narrows" were where Columbia River constricted to only 45 yards wide and a quarter of a mile long and the "Long Narrows" were 150 yards wide and three miles long.
Capt. William Clark wrote ...the horrid appearance of the agitated, gut swelling water was boiling and whorling in every direction...
In the standards of today's canoeists this was a class V rapid and the Corps with their five heavy dugout canoes made the run without incident.
 
Erected by The Dalles Mural Society.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Lewis & Clark Expedition marker series.
 
Location. 45° 36.068′ N, 121° 10.778′ W. Marker is in The Dalles, Oregon, in Wasco County. Marker is on East 1st Street near Federal Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 420 East 1st Street, The Dalles OR 97058, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other
The Corps of Discovery "Into the Narrows" Mural image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, July 2, 2017
2. The Corps of Discovery "Into the Narrows" Mural
The letter in the background reads in part: In the journey which you are about to undertake for the discovery of the course and source of the Missouri, and of the most convenient water communication from the Pacific Ocean, your party being small, it is to be expected ... considerable dangers ... the Indian inhabitants ... and reach ... Pacific ocean...
markers are within walking distance of this marker. Rock Fort Camp (within shouting distance of this marker); I.O.O.F. (Odd Fellows) Hall (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Nickelsen Bookstore (about 400 feet away); Decision at The Dalles (about 400 feet away); The Fur Trade (about 400 feet away); Wingate & Williams Building (about 500 feet away); Maier Building (about 500 feet away); The Pioneer Building (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in The Dalles.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on January 10, 2018. This page originally submitted on January 10, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 86 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 10, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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