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The ocean tide and numerous Columbia River channels prompt the Captains to hire an Indian to guide them. They make 34 miles, camping near present Pillar Rock. There, Clark records that he can see and hear the Pacific Ocean.

we with dificuelty found a place Clear of the tide and Sufficiently large to lie on
Great joy in camp we are in view of the Ocian this great Pacific Octean which we have been So long anxious to See.

William Clark

Columbia River at Altoona, Washington

Small rock in front of a large bay to the right

we proceeded on about 12 miles below the Village under a high mountaneous Countrey on the Stard. Side. Shore boald and rockey

William Clark

Columbia River near Altoona, Washington

Rocky shore with a bay going to the right

Encamped under a high hill on the Stard. Side opposit to a rock Situated half a mile from the Shore, about 50 feet high and 20 feet Diamieter

William Clark

Pillar Rock

Historic photo of a tall, skinny rock jutting out of the river

Encamped under a high hill on the Stard. Side opposit to a rock Situated half a mile from the Shore, about 50 feet high and 20 feet Diamieter

William Clark

Pillar Rock

Small rock jutting up from the river

...the only place we could get was on round Stones on which we lay our mats

William Clark

Columbia River near Altoona, Washington

Rocky shore with a bay going to the right