Fort Clatsop National Memorial Travel Guide

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    The End of the Trail
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    Beach driftwood
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Fort Clatsop National Memorial Things to Do

  • Seaside is the End of the Lewis and...

    Seaside has defined itself as the end of the trail since it has a site of the Expedition: the Salt Works. This is a fascinating town with beach access in additon to the historical context.

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  • Fort Clatsop where Lewis and Clark...

    The replica fort is not only open to the visitor but it has re-enactors available to walk you through the fort explaining each of the rooms and what the conditions were for the party. We enjoyed the discussion with the guide and later walked on the trail along the riverside. Photographers: many opportunities for pictures. Bring a zoom with...

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  • Stop in at the visitor's center

    You would think that given the amount of information about Lewis and Clark in the vicinity that it would all become a little repetitious. Some of it was, but amazingly enough each place had just a little bit different focus and we learned at every one. I enjoyed the map showing where the expedition was on that particular day in each of the three...

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  • Watch the muzzle loading demonstration

    One of the "highlights" of the visit to the fort is watching docents load, prime and shoot the muzzle loader, an example of the type of rifle which was used to provide food for the corps. This was fun, and while the safety measures that must be taken detract somewhat from the impact, it was still informative to actually see the steps that must be...

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  • See the "Kitchen"

    Just outside the fort was an area set aside for the cooking. It was an area almost as large as the fort itself, however its position outside the fort helped prevent fire burning it down. It also kept the messy job of butchering the more than 130 elk and other animals which provided their food outside of the living quarters.

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  • The Fort

    I had imagined this to be small. But somehow instead it just felt cozy. Maybe because I wasn't holed up here with all the men in the cold and rain for months on end. I felt the design was well thought out and practical. We enjoyed the banter of the two men dressed and behaving as corps team members. The rooms for the men, for the leaders, for the...

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  • NETUL RIVER WALK

    Fort Clatsop used to be a National Memorial, analogous to a National Monument. An upgrade to National Historic Park = National Park means a lot more money to spend. There used to be a little trail that went from the reconstructed fort to the Netul - now Lewis and Clark - River. That trail has been extended for another mile south on boardwalks to...

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  • FORT CLATSOP RECONSTRUCTED

    Fort Clatsop is long gone. It was only meant to last the winter. The first reconstruction was built in 1955 but burnt down in 2005 and now the second reconstruction is in place. A hundred days in even the reconstructed fort during a typical Clatsop winter is probably no more exciting that that spent in 180-1806 by the Corps of Discovery. The fort...

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  • FORT CLATSOP MUSEUM

    Fort Clatsop is the heart of the Park and the museum here at Fort Clatsop is a good place to start - though the Lewis and Clark Interpretative Center at Cape Disappointment is an even more excellent place to begin your knowledge quest. The basics of the journey, which actually began at Harpers Ferry, Virginia, and the Corps’ time here at the...

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Fort Clatsop National Memorial Local Customs

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    by mtncorg Written Jul 29, 2008

    Firing of the flintlock rifles is a constant favorite sight for visitors to Fort Clatsop. Demonstrators, in costume, do a short discussion of all the steps necessary in firing an old flintlock rifle in hope of obtaining meat for the communal table.

    Costumed rangers and volunteers help visitors udnerstand features inside Fort Clatsop, as well.

    Checking out the problem after a misfire After three misfires, I was surprised one got off!
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Fort Clatsop National Memorial Off The Beaten Path

  • FORT-TO SEA TRAIL

    William Clark led a group through the Clatsop Plains bogs over to the beach and that journey is remembered tody by the six-mile Fort-to-Sea Trail. The Trail runs from Fort Clatsop over to Sunset Beach. Clark wanted to find a spot where his men could make salt by boiling sea water, but he eventually ended up eight miles south on the Promenade of...

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  • Imagine Sacagawea at the ocean

    Lewis recorded in his journal : "Capt Clark set out after an early breakfast with the party in two canoes as had been concerted the last evening; Charbono and his Indian woman were also of the party; the Indian woman was very impotunate to be permited to go, and was therefore indulged; she observed that she had traveled a long way with us to see...

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  • NETUL LANDING

    I have to admit that I really didn’t know how Netul Landing fit into the overall Lewis and Clark saga. The Fort Clatsop Historical Society and the National Park Service have elevated Netul Landing to the same scale as other historic sites of the Park - Fort Clatsop, Dismal Nitch, Seaside’s Salt Works, etc.. The Park brochure describes Netul Landing...

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