"The End of the Lewis and Clark Trail" Fort Clatsop National Memorial by fred98115

A Wooden Home for the Winter

The Expedition erected a fort structure to use for wintering over on the coast, which represented a deep disappointment for the party. While they had achieved the stated goal of finding an overland route to the Pacific Ocean, the hope ahd been that it would be a short, easy connection between the Missouri and Columbia Rivers. This was not reality. Further, they hoped to be met by a ship at the mouth of the Columbia so they could sail home. None materialized and they accepted the inevitable: they were goint to retrace their steps back to St. Louis.

They built Fort Clatsop - a replica exists today on the site - to winter over, work on diaries, catalogue plants and animals, and replenish supplies. Accommodations were tight, as you can see. It was a dreary, depressing place where it rained and rained and rained.

Photographers: bring your zoom lens to get wide angle shots as well as picking out interesting details. You'll need a flash in the rooms since light levels are really low.

The Expedition Built a Salt Works at the Ocean

Lewis and Clark craved salt, principally because it was the preferred method for preserving meat. Statistic: each person of the party averaged eating nine pounds of meat per day.

Lewis and Clark scoured the beaches nearby looking for a location with driftwood, rocks, and salty sea water. They found it at Seaside. The "make salt" site was manned nonstop for several weeks. It was isolated, bleak, unprotected, and must have been an experience of hard work and suffering.

Seaside considers itself the end of the trail. Photographers: while the replica salt works is a boring subject, Seaside is a fascinating place with beach and town photo chances.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Experience the winter home of the Lewis and Clark party
  • Cons:It's in the upper left corner of the USA
  • In a nutshell:a must see for the history buff
  • Last visit to Fort Clatsop National Memorial: Sep 2011
  • Intro Updated Sep 11, 2012
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