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Volume 9: "The Mighty Columbia"

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Volume 9: "The Mighty Columbia"

States: Washington and Oregon
From: John Day Dam to Portland, OR

     
 
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Through the dreary winter at Fort Clatsop, the Corps battled the elements, made gallons of salt from the sea, sewed more than 300 pair of moccasins and spent hours catching up on their journals.With the first sign of spring 1806, the Corps left the encampment, signing over the fort to the Clatsop Indians with whom they had traded during winter.

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The group was in a hurry to get home, lured by the prospects of civilization as they knew iit, and rejoining friends and family. They traveled upstream on the Columbia, pausing briefly to explore the Willamette River, and overland to the Nez Perce villages. Waiting impatiently for snowmelt in the Rockies, the Corps provided medical services to the local people.

Umatilla Welcome
Introduction and welcome from the Confederate Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation
     

The Sunken Forest, Dr. Steven Beckham
General Hal Sterns, USA ret., noted Lewis and Clark historian, describes the Corps of Discovery's journey down the Snake and onto the Columbia River.
     

Music Along the Trail
Some lifeways of the mid-Columbia River tribes at the time of the Expedition are described by Bobbie Conner and Myrna Tovy.
     

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