Astoria in Clatsop County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)
Comcomly / Indian Burial Canoe
Great Chief of the Chinook Nation, known to Lewis and Clark, honored and respected by the founding Astorians, the Northwesters and the Hundson's Bay fur traders.
Symbolic memorial dedicated by Comcomly's descendants April 12, 1961 Astoria's 150th anniversary. Honored guest was Lord Astor of England, descendant and namesake of the city's founder.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Lewis & Clark Expedition marker series.
Location. 46° 10.849′ N, 123° 49.129′ W. Marker is in Astoria, Oregon, in Clatsop County. Marker can be reached from Coxcomb Drive 0.7 miles from 15th Street. Touch for map. Marker is located at the west end of the Astoria Column parking lot, at the hilltop end of Coxcomb Drive. Marker is in this post office area: Astoria OR 97103, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Lewis and Clark Expedition (a few steps from this marker); "Ocian in view, O! the Joy..." (a few steps from this marker); Shively - McClure National Register Historic District (approx. 0.4 miles away); Columbia River Bar (approx. 0.6 miles away); Pilot Boat Peacock Built by Capt. Hiram Brown (approx. 0.6 miles away); Site of Original Settlement of Astoria (approx. 0.6 miles away); Ranald MacDonald (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Astoria.
Also see . . .
1. Chief Comcomly.
Chief Comcomly was one of the Chiefs of the Chinook Tribe at the time of Lewis and Clark. He was born around 1770 and died in 1829 or 1830. During his lifetime he was a trader, navigator, and not only befriender of Lewis and Clark, but also benefactor of the early Astorians. (Submitted on January 20, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Comcomly, Chinook Chief.
Among the Chinook men who met with the American fur traders was a young man known as Comcomly, who would later become a major chief. In 1805, the American Corps of Discovery under the leadership of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark reached the mouth of the Columbia River and established their winter camp, Fort Clatsop, on Chinook land. While Comcomly did not greet the Americans when they first arrived, he did sit in council with them at his village later. The Americans provided him with a medal and an American flag. Both Clark and Lewis admired Comcomly’s sea-otter robe and tried (Submitted on January 20, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
3. Chief Comcomly.
Comcomly was a Chinookan headman who traded with and befriended Anglo explorers who frequented his homeland, what is now Baker’s Bay at the mouth of the Columbia River. Though he had only one eye, Comcomly was an expert navigator, particularly knowledgeable about the treacherous waters of the Columbia. A skilled negotiator, he traded beaver pelts and salmon in exchange for Western merchandise. Comcomly first appears in the historic record in the journal of Captain Charles Bishop of the British ship Ruby which wintered in Baker’s Bay from December 1795 to January 1796. There is also some record of him in the Lewis and Clark journal during the time the expedition wintered at Fort Clatsop between 1805 and 1806. (Submitted on January 20, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Categories. • Exploration • Native Americans • Settlements & Settlers •
Credits. This page was last revised on January 22, 2018. This page originally submitted on January 19, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 31 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on January 19, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. 4, 5. submitted on January 20, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.