Columbia River Ships and History Signs
These history signs are in Astoria on the Waterfront at the Columbia River overlook.
There is a duplicate of this one up at the Astoria Column. I feel like I’ve seen a third version of it around Astoria too.
It says; “In 1804-06, Captains Meriwether Lewis and William Clark led about 40 soldiers and boatmen 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 territory. Along the way, they mapped the land, recorded it’s resources, and contacted its native inhabitants.
The landscape has changed since Lewis and Clark explored it: rivers have been dammed, forests cut over, prairies plowed under, and roads built to the horizon. Although remnants of wilderness still exist, imagine this land as Lewis and Clark first saw it two centuries ago.”
The two signs talk about the Lewis and Clark Expedition, and the Natives that they met here in the area.
Now days the Columbia River is a busy international Port. Large ships anchor here frequently waiting for docks to clear-up up the river.