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Fort Clatsop

Fort Clatsop, built by Lewis and Clark in December, 1805 for use as winter headquarters.

The site was chosen because of the game in the surrounding country and because it was convenient to the coast where salt could be made for the journey of the exploration party back to the Missouri. Elk were found in abundance and salt was made at what is now Seaside.

The local Indians were friendly but it was disappointing that no trading vessels entered the river during the stay. After enduring a wet and stormy winter the party left the fort on March 23, 1806 and took up its homeward-bound journey.

(Source: Sign off hwy 101 by Astoria)

Fort Clatsop: Rebuilding an Icon
Fort Clatsop
The Lewis and Clark Expedition is a symbol of our nation's heritage, of the spirit of discovery and exploration that identifies our past. Seeking to honor the Corps of Discovery's incredible journey to the Pacific Ocean, the community of Astoria, Oregon built a memorial in the form of the Fort Clatsop replica. But on October 3, 2005, flames blazed high in the sky. Local officials and townspeople looked on in horror as Fort Clatsop burned to the ground....


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