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Seaside in Clatsop County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)
 

Lewis & Clark Salt Cairn

 
 
Lewis & Clark Salt Cairn Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 23, 2017
1. Lewis & Clark Salt Cairn Marker
Inscription. On January 2, 1806, the Salt Works was established by the three “salt makers” of the Lewis & Clark Expedition, Joseph Fields, William Bratten and George Gibson, who remained here until February 20, 1806. These men, assisted at times by hunters and packers, were able during this period to tediously extract approximately four bushels of salt by boiling seawater day and night in five metal “kittles”.
The expedition had run out of salt before arrival at their winter camp at Fort Clatsop, 10 miles to the northeast, and it was very necessary for curing meat and preparing for the return trip to civilization.
This actual site was established by a committee of the Oregon Historical Society in 1900. On the testimony of Jenny Michel, of Seaside, whose Clatsop Indian father remembered seeing the white men boiling water, and had pointed out this place to her when she was a young girl. She was born in this vicinity about 1815 and died in 1905.
 
Erected 1955 by Seaside Lions Club.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Lewis & Clark Expedition marker series.
 
Location. 45° 59.068′ N, 123° 55.918′ W. Marker is in Seaside, Oregon, in Clatsop County. Marker can be
Lewis & Clark Salt Cairn and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 23, 2017
2. Lewis & Clark Salt Cairn and Marker
The marker is in the shadows at the back.
reached from Lewis and Clark Way near Beach Drive, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 30 Lewis and Clark Way, Seaside OR 97138, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Saltworks (here, next to this marker); Site of the Lewis and Clark Salt Camp (here, next to this marker); A Convenient Place for Making Salt (approx. mile away); Gilbert Inn - 1892 (approx. 0.6 miles away); Tsunami (approx. 0.6 miles away); Ekkoli: A Whale of a Tale (approx. 4.3 miles away); Ecola (approx. 5.1 miles away); "Cannon Beach" (approx. 5.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Seaside.
 
More about this marker. This marker is located at Lewis and Clark Salt Cairn National Monument.
 
Categories. Exploration
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 2, 2018. This page originally submitted on February 2, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 69 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 2, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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