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The rebuilt fort provides a good perspective on the historical one.
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Lewis and Clark National Historical Park

92343 Fort Clatsop Road, Astoria, Oregon 97103
summer = 9-6, other times of year = 9-5
503-861-2471 3 hours
September 2010 spring, summer, fall
$0-9 Astoria Oregon
Website Historical Historic Sites
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Lewis and Clark National Historical Park is approximately 3,200 acres and was created in 1958. It consists of a dozen historical and natural areas in northwest Oregon and southwest Washington. The park focuses on the end of Lewis and Clark’s epic 4,000 mile journey.

President Thomas Jefferson sent Lewis and Clark west through the Louisiana Purchase Territory in order to find a navigable water route to the Pacific Ocean and to learn about the new territory. Their multi-year journey helped to cement America’s claim to the area and generated significant insights and discoveries in a range of fields. The journey is still celebrated to this day and Lewis and Clark are still venerated. The Pacific Ocean was their destination and once it was reached, the explorers spent most of the winter at Fort Clatsop, which was named after a local Indian tribe. During this time, Lewis and Clark built Fort Clatsop, traded with Indians, completed trip journals and prepared for the journey home.

This historical park has multiple units, so it’s wise to plan in advance of a visit. The Fort Clatsop unit and Cape Disappointment State Park are both worthwhile. Fort Clatsop has a reconstructed fort, visitor center, two movies and easy hiking trails. The highlights are the fort and a movie which considers Lewis and Clark from an Indian perspective. There is a short trail to Netul Landing, which has the remains of a logging wet sort yard. Cape Disappointment features a detailed museum about Lewis and Clark’s journey, two picturesque lighthouses and ocean views. Nearby attractions include a great maritime museum in Astoria and Fort Stevens State Park, which has old military bunkers and extensive hiking trails.
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