When we first arrived at visitor center we watched a film that told the story of Lewis and Clark's arrival here in the eyes of a native girl who was actually here at the time and her story was written. I was glad to see this. It always troubled me that Capt. Gray was considered the sailor to discover this area and L and C were the first to explore. I don't think the Native Americans ever considered this area lost and in need to be found. The different tribes were the first to discover this area and the whites should of been their guests. But as it is, the Clatsop people opened their homes, fed the explorers, Sacajawea and the men. 33 in all. They helped the explorers prepare for winter. In return, the explorers policy was to not offer the natives food, drink or lodging when visiting the fort. And when the explorers left the winter fort to go back home, they were kind enough it "give" the Clatsop people the Fort. The fort that the explorers build on the natives land. I know, this happened over 200 years ago but this attitude still irks me.
Anyway, we had a wonderful time at the fort and would recommend a visit to it for anyone vacationing in the area.
LL at the visitor center
LL at the visitor center
Max at the path towards the fort
This is a replica of Lewis and Clark's room at the fort.
There were many rooms at the fort. The size of fort and rooms according to the guide are very accurate. I can not imagine 33 people living in such a small area.
We were there in time for the raising of the flag. Our country's flag at the time had 15 stars and 15 stripes on it. Who knew our flag looked like this for a while? Oh you knew? Well good for you! But I did not know. I was also told the Star Spangled Banner flag is this model of the flag. Who knew? Oh let's not start that again.:)
This young lady was a wealth of information. And true to form, I had tons of questions like usual.
I probably took much of this man's time with all my questions. I asked questions about the fireplace, the floor, the natives treatment when visiting, etc.
We walked the trail down to where L and C would put their canoes in the river. Here is Max by a replica of the type of canoe they used.
This is the area that the explorers and men would launch they canoes.
I thought the walk around the fort was beautiful. The woods were lush with ferns and native plants. Many of the plants had signs so we could tell what they were.