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Monday, November 06, 2017

Where The River Ripples And Runs Fast

Diverting myself from current realities by exploring the history of my new home near the Whilamut.  Blame Ericka, who made me buy this book today: Portland, Gateway to the Northwest.

Which brings me to Lewis and Clark's expedition, 6 November, 1805:

A cool wet ranev morning we Set out earlv at 4 miles pass 2 Lodges of Indians in a Small bottom on the Lar[board] Side I believe those Indians to be travelers, opposit is the head of a long narrow Island close under the Starboard Side, back of this Island two Creeks fall in about 6 miles apart, and appear to head in the high hilley countrey to the N. E. opposit this long Island is 2 others one Small and about the middle of the river (an Island in the mouth of the large river Cow e liskee 150 yds wide, 9 miles lower a large creek same side between the mouths of these rivers are 3 small islands one on the L. shore one near the middle) the other larger and nearly opposit its lower point, and opposit a high clift of Black rocks on the Lar Side at 14 miles (from our camp) :

here the Indians of the 2 Lodges we passed to day came in their canoes with Sundery articles to Sell, we purchased of them Wap-pa-too roots*, salmon-trout, and I purchased 2 beaver Skins for which I gave 5 small fish hooks, here the hills leave the river on the Lar Side, a butifull open and extensive bottom in which there is an old Village, one also on the Star Side a little above both of which are abandened by all their inhabitents except Two Small dogs nearly starved, and an unreasonable portion of flees.

The Hills and Mountains are covered with Sever[al] kinds of Pine, Arber Vitea or white cedar, red Loril [laurel], alder and Several Species of under groth, the bottoms have common rushes, nettles, & grass the Slashey parts have Bull rushes & flags Some willow on the waters edge, passed an Island (near L shore) 3 miles long and one mile wide, (& 2 sm. isl both) one close under the Star Side below the (large creek) long narrow Island below which the Star Hills are verry [high] from the river bank and continues high and rugid on that Side all day (called Fanny s Island the large one.)

Fanny's Island, now called Crims Island, is about 41 miles east of Astoria (waves to the Goonies), so they're getting close to the Pacific and Fort Clatsop, where they will winter. Tomorrow they will think they see the Ocian [sic].

ntodd

* Sauvie Island was once called Wapatoo Island.

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