Fort Clatsop was the final encampment of the Lewis and Clark Expedition during the winter of 1805-1806. It is located at the mouth of the Columbia River in Oregon. The 33 members of the Corps of Discovery were there from December 23rd to March 23rd and apparently they were not used to all that rain because they noted that those 3 months were some of their most miserable!
Well…. we enjoyed our visit…
We visited on the 27th of December so we may have been experiencing weather similar to what they did –which was cold and wet! I can sympathize with them somewhat… At least we have the luxury of turning on the heater or taking a hot bath in our home after being out in the cold and wet.
The actual replica of the fort is a very, very short distance away from the visitor center. We chose to see the fort before touring the small museum:
Statue of Sacajewea and “Pomp”.
Where are the hot showers?
Where are the Sealy Memory Foam mattresses?
Boiling tallow (animal fat) for candles
This area served as the canoe landing for Lewis and Clark.
After walking around in the wet and cold, we ventured into the visitor center (which includes a museum and shop).
The Corps of Discovery brought Lewis’ newly acquired dog with them on their journey. The dog was a huge Newfoundland named Seaman. In researching about Seaman, I came across this entry in Lewis’ journal:
… three of this same tribe of villains the Wah-clel-lars, stole my dog this evening, and took him towards their village; I was shortly afterwards informed of this transaction by an indian who spoke the Clatsop language, and sent three men in pursuit of the theives with orders if they made the least resistence or difficulty in surrendering the dog to fire on them; they overtook these fellows or reather came within sight of them at the distance of about 2 miles; the indians discovering the party in pursuit of them left the dog and fled. …
This is Dollie, a New Foundland. She’s 13 years old, weighs about 130 lbs and probably has huge poops… She spends her days at the visitor center.
Pretty sure Dollie weighs more than my mom!
All this occurred only 200 years ago. It reminds me of what a young country America is… but the drastic changes we’ve gone through since then encompasses so much!
Fort Clatsop Overview
- Coordinates: 92343 Fort Clatsop Rd, Astoria, OR 97103
- Hours: Mid-June – Labor Day 9an – 6pm, After Labor Day – Mid-June 9am – 5pm
- Fees: Age 16+ $15/person
- Difficulty: Easy
- Usage: Moderate