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On this day in Lewis & Clark history...

While wintering at the mouth of the Columbia River (Fort Clatsop), Lewis writes about the bartering skills of the local Chinook. Their stock of roots is replenished, and Gass travels across the Clatsop plains towards the Salt Works.

From the journals...

These people the Chinnooks and others residing in this neighbourhood have been very friendly to us; they appear to be amild inoffensive people
the sun visible about 2 hours

Meriwether Lewis

Chinook man

Historical photo of Chinook man with gray mustache and goatee

Photo by Edward S. Curtis circa 1913.

The sun visible about 2 hours

Meriwether Lewis

Fort Clatsop

Fort Clatsop: a log fort with blue sky and forest in the background

Photo taken with permission at Lewis and Clark National Historic Park, Fort Clatsop.

We...got into a beautiful prairie, about 5 miles wide, and which runs along the sea shore about 30 miles from Point Adams on the south side of Hayley's Bay, in nearly a southwest course and ends at a high point of a mountain, called Clarke's View on the sea shore.

Patrick Gass

Tillamook Head viewed from Sunset Beach

Dead grasses on the ocean shore