Near Cannon Beach in Clatsop County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)
Ekkoli: A Whale of a Tale
Led along Indian trails by a native guide, the party scaled the north slope of Tillamook Head. In his journal (January 7, 1806) Clark called it "the Steepest worst and highest mountain I ever ascended." Once past Ecola Creek (which Clark named ekkoli, the Chinook word for whale), the party continued south to where they found the "monstrous fish". Clark described it as nothing more than a Sceleton, of 150 feet long.
Local villagers were boiling the blubber and extracting oil from it, and Clark managed to barter for 300 pounds of blubber and a few gallons of oil.
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Sacagawea eagerly joined the exploration party. As Lewis wrote, "the Indian woman... observed that She had traveled a long way with us to See the great waters, and that now that monstrous fish was also to be Seen, She thought it very hard the she could not be permitted to see either (She had never yet been to the Ocean.)" -- Meriwether Lewis' journal January 6 1806
Marker series. This marker is included in the Lewis & Clark Expedition marker series.
Location. 45° 55.907′ N, 123° 58.745′ W. Marker is near Cannon Beach, Oregon, in Clatsop County. Marker can be reached from Ecola State Park Road, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. This marker is in Ecola State Park on the Tillamook Head Trail; access from the Indian Beach parking lot. Marker is in this post office area: Cannon Beach OR 97110, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Ecola (approx. 2 miles away); "Cannon Beach" (approx. 2 miles away); A Convenient Place for Making Salt (approx. 4 miles away); Lewis & Clark Salt Cairn (approx. 4.3 miles away); The Saltworks (approx. 4.3 miles away); Site of the Lewis and Clark Salt Camp (approx. 4.3 miles away); Tsunami (approx. 4.8 miles away); Gilbert Inn - 1892 (approx. 4.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cannon Beach.
Categories. • Exploration • Native Americans •
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