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Ilwaco, Washington

Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center
P.O. Box 488
Ilwaco, WA  98624
 Call: 360-642-3078

GPS Coordinates:
46  16.36 N 
124 03.06 W

Coastal
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Lewis and Clark Discovery Trail Statues

Clark's Tree along the Lewis and Clark Discovery Trail
Commemorative Statue

Captain Clark and 10-foot-long Sturgeon Statue along the Lewis and Clark Discovery Trail
Commemorative Statue

 

WELCOME TO THE LEWIS AND CLARK INTERPRETIVE CENTER AT
CAPE DISAPPOINTMENT

All the excitement and adventure of the Lewis and Clark Expedition is here, as well as portrayals of its many scientific and social contributions.

 Clark & York along with 10 others, arrived at Cape Disappointment on November 18, 1805.  Clark wrote in his journal "men appear much satisfied with their trip beholding with astonishment the high waves dashing against the rock and this 'emence Ocian'."


In 1788, English explorer Captain John Meares, in seeking the Columbia River, recorded missing the passage over the bar, and in his discouragement named the nearby headland Cape Disappointment. 

The Cape Disappointment Lighthouse began operating in 1856, and is now the oldest lighthouse still in use on the West Coast.
 
OF SPECIAL INTEREST

Among the possessions Patrick Gass left to his children was a razor box carved by Sacagawea, the hatchet and the family bible he carried on the expedition.  All are on display at this Interpretive Center.

 

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