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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Columbia County, Oregon
Adjacent to Columbia County, Oregon
▶ Clatsop County (58) ▶ Multnomah County (27) ▶ Tillamook County (19) ▶ Washington County (2) ▶ Clark County, Washington (49) ▶ Cowlitz County, Washington (4) ▶ Wahkiakum County, Washington (3)
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|"Captain" John West was a self-made man. A native of Scotland, he settled on the lower Columbia River near this spot in the early 1850s after trying his luck in the goldfields of California. West built and operated sawmills, ran a general store and . . . — — Map (db m113583) HM|
|Deer Island in the Columbia was named by the Lewis and Clark Expedition which stopped to dine here November 5, 1805 on its way down river. Homeward bound the explorers camped on the island on March 28,1806. Captain Clark recorded "This morning we . . . — — Map (db m7981) HM|
Once covered by an Ice Age ocean, then home to the Diersinno (Keeassino) Indian Tribe led by Chief Cassino, this area then became the meeting grounds for all the Northwest Indians who gathered each year to hold their . . . — — Map (db m113156) HM|
Lewis & Clark on the Columbia River
The Lewis and Clark Expedition made the first documented descent of the Columbia from the mouth of the Snake River to the Pacific.
This voyage strengthened the claim of the young United States to . . . — — Map (db m113157) HM|
Lewis & Clark and the Corps of Discovery
In 1803, the United States purchased the Louisiana Territory from France, expanding this country from the Mississippi River west to the Rocky Mountains and from the Gulf of Mexico north to . . . — — Map (db m113159) HM|
One of the Oregon Country’s most picturesque fur-traders, Thomas McKay is buried near Scappoose.
He was a daring leader, famous storyteller and could drive a nail with a rifle ball.
A Canadian, he arrived with the Astorians as a teen-age boy; . . . — — Map (db m114416) HM|
The path before you represents the Corps of Discovery's journey on the Columbia River – from its confluence with the Snake to the Pacific Ocean.
Entering the Columbia in mid-October 1805, they travelled along the river from shore to shore . . . — — Map (db m113154) HM|
In 1804-06, Captains Meriwether Lewis and William Clark led 31 men and one dog on an epic journey.
President Thomas Jefferson commissioned this "Corps of Discovery" to find a route to the Pacific Ocean through the newly acquired Louisiana . . . — — Map (db m113155) HM|
In October 1856, the U.S. Lighthouse Board entered this fog bell and Cape Disappointment Lighthouse into service, thus establishing the first light station on the Oregon and Washington coast.
Positioned on the north side of the entrance to . . . — — Map (db m113153) HM|