Marker Logo HMdb.org THE HISTORICAL
MARKER DATABASE
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Pasco in Franklin County, Washington — The American West (Northwest)
 

Sacagawea

 
 
Sacagawea Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Crumlish, July 31, 2010
1. Sacagawea Marker
Inscription. The Lewis and Clark Expedition camped nearby on October 16 and 17, 1805 on its way to the Pacific Ocean. One of the members of the Expedition was a young Northern Shoshone, Sacagawea.

During the winter of 1804-05 at Fort Mandan, in present-day North Dakota , Captains Meriwether Lewis and William Clark hired Sacagawea’s French-Canadian husband, Toussaint Charbonneau, as an interpreter. Sacagawea would accompany him as the Expedition’s “interpretess,” as termed in the captains’ journals.

Sacagawea has been celebrated as a guide who bravely led the Expedition up the Missouri River, over the Rocky Mountains, and down the Snake and Columbia rivers to the Pacific Ocean, while caring for her infant son and husband. Expedition journals, however, reveal Sacagawea as an interpreter and food gatherer, symbol of friendship, and link to her own tribe. Although not a guide for the entire journey, she did recognize landmarks in the lands of her own people in the Rocky Mountains.

In 1931, the nearby state park was named in her honor.
 
Erected by Washington State Department of Transportation.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Lewis & Clark Expedition marker series.
 
Location. 46° 13.092′ 
Wide view of the Sacagawea Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Crumlish, July 31, 2010
2. Wide view of the Sacagawea Marker
Near the Sacajawea State Park, the Sacagawea marker (left) stands next to the Ainsworth marker.
N, 119° 1.624′ W. Marker is near Pasco, Washington, in Franklin County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Sacajawea Park Road and U.S. 12, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. The marker is located in the middle of a scenic parking area on the left hand side of Sacajawea Park Road just south of US-12. Marker is in this post office area: Pasco WA 99301, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Ainsworth (here, next to this marker); Here Stood Fort Nez Perce (approx. 10.8 miles away); Fort Walla Walla (approx. 10.8 miles away).
 
Also see . . .
1. Washington State Park's Sacajawea Interpretive Center. The Sacajawea State Park and Interpretive Center features the Lewis and Clark Room which tells the remarkable story of these early explorers. The exhibits highlight their activities at this site and the role of their interpreter, Sacagawea. (Submitted on November 30, 2010, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.) 

2. Lewis and Clark's Journey through Washington – Reaching the Columbia River at last!. (Submitted on November 30, 2010, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.)
 
Categories. ExplorationNative Americans
 
The confluence of the Snake and Columbia Rivers image. Click for full size.
By Paul Crumlish, July 31, 2010
3. The confluence of the Snake and Columbia Rivers
The Lewis and Clark Expedition camped at the site of the present day Sacajawea State Park. The park is visible as the wooded point of land on the right where Snake River flows into the Columbia River.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 30, 2010, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia. This page has been viewed 844 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 30, 2010, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.
Paid Advertisement