Lewis and Clark National Historical Park
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Lewis and Clark National Historical Park

Summary: This article provides interesting facts and information about the Lewis and Clark National Historical Park. Visitors and tourists to the Historic Park can experience the history of the explorers combined with the beautiful scenery and the camping and canoeing opportunities offered in the areas. A vacation on the Lewis and Clark National Historical Park can be enjoyed by both adults and kids. A 'not to be missed' tourist attraction is the replica of Fort Clatsop.

 
Lewis and Clark National Historical Park
 
Lewis and Clark National Historical Park

The Lewis and Clark National Historical Park commemorates the end of the outward historic journey of the famous explorers. Their journey started in Missouri and passed through 10 modern-day states to Washington. The trail from St. Louis to the Pacific Ocean is  approximately 3,700 miles. The total distance traveled from St. Louis, Missouri to the Pacific Ocean, and back to St. Louis is just over 7,000 miles

  • The Lewis and Clark National Historical Park encompasses 12 historic sites along 40 miles of the Pacific coast in Oregon and Washington
  • Major features and tourist centers of the Lewis and Clark National Historical Park include:
    • The Fort Clatsop replica at Fort Clatsop
    • The Astoria Column and park with views of the the Columbia River, and the Washington sites of Dismal Nitch, Station Camp, Fort Columbia, Cape Disappointment, Fort Stevens and Tillamook Head, part of Ecola State Park

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The Lewis and Clark National Historical Park commemorates
the end of the outward journey of the famous explorers

 
Facts about the Lewis and Clark National Historical Park
The following fact sheet provides short, interesting facts about the Lewis and Clark National Historical Park

Facts about the Lewis and Clark National Historical Park

 
Fact 1: The historic, national park began as Fort Clatsop National Memorial which was established on May 29, 1958.
   
Fact 2: Fort Clatsop National Memorial was redesignated as the Lewis and Clark National Historical Park on October 30, 2004.
   
Fact 3: The Lewis and Clark National Historical Park provides beautiful scenery of the states of Washington and Oregon and provides access to various, interesting sites such as:
  • The replica of Fort Clatsop
  • The Fort to Sea Trail
  • Station Camp
  • Salt Works
  • Netul Landing
  • William Clark's Dismal Nitch
  • Cape Disappointment State Park
  • Fort Columbia State Park
  • Fort Stevens State Park
  • Tillamook Head (part of Ecola State Park)
   
Fact 4: The original replica of Fort Clatsop was built in 1955 but was destroyed by fire and re-built in 2006. Fort Clatsop was built by the Corps of Discovery as their winter quarters at the end of their outward journey of exploration. It provides the opportunity for visitors and tourists to view the log cabins and living conditions of the explorers.
   
Fact 5: The Fort To Sea Trail is a a 6.5-mile trail that winds its way through the woods to the south of Fort Clatsop to Sunset Beach on the Pacific Ocean.
   
Fact 6: Station Camp, aka Middle Village, was used as the departure point for the Corps of Discovery on their overland journey to their first view of the Pacific Ocean. Station Camp was William Clark's primary survey station where he produced a detailed map of the mouth of the Columbia River.
   
Fact 7: The Salt Works was donated by the Oregon Historical Society as an addition to Fort Clatsop National Memorial. Members of the Corps of Discovery obtained salt from the Pacific Ocean in order to provide flavoring for their food and most importantly to preserve their meat.
   
Fact 8: Netul Landing is part of the 146-mile Lewis and Clark Columbia River Water Trail that follows the route of the explorers on the Lower Columbia River from Bonneville Dam to the Pacific Ocean, near Ilwaco, Washington.
   
Fact 9: William Clark's Dismal Nitch is the name given to the dreary spot where members of the Corps of Discovery were trapped for six days by fierce wind and high waves at the rocky shoreline.
   
Fact 10: Cape Disappointment State Park is a 1,882-acre Washington state park. Its location is southwest of Ilwaco, on the southern part of Long Beach Peninsula, fronting the Pacific Ocean.
   
Fact 11: Fort Columbia State Park is a 593-acre Washington state park that has and interpretive center with the history and information on the Chinook Native American Indian culture. To learn about the explorers description of the Chinook tribe refer to Accounts of the Native Indians.
   
Fact 12: Fort Stevens was an American military installation that guarded the mouth of the Columbia River in the state of Oregon where the interior of the abandoned fort can be viewed
   
Fact 13: Tillamook Head (part of Ecola State Park) rises 1000 feet from the Pacific Ocean and it was in this area that the explorers found the beached whale. For accounts of this incident refer to the Lewis and Clark journal entries of  January 6, 1806 - January 8, 1806.

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