St. Louis, MO celebrates its role as the launching point of the Captain Meriwether Lewis and Second Lieutenant William Clark expedition with the Gateway Arch. Oregon marks its position as the final destination of the Corps of Discovery with a recreation of Fort Clatsop: where Lewis & Clark wintered before returning to the East Coast and a place in the history books.
Today’s Fort Clatsop is barely a decade old and based on little more than a floor plan which was recorded by the expedition. The roofline and construction is a matter of conjecture, but it’s position is not. We fortuitously rolled in during a living history day, when costumed docents explained writing with quills, Native American relations, and wilderness resources.