January 18, 2003, Oregon and the nation will officially kick
off the Lewis & Clark Bicentennial in Monticello, Virginia. The
bicentennial will continue through 2006.
Corps of Discovery was in the now-Oregon / Washington region from October
1805 through May 1806, overwintering at Fort Clatsop near Astoria.
Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail stretches from the Umatilla
Tribes’ homelands in the Pendleton area, through the Columbia River Gorge,
present-day Portland and Columbia County, to Clatsop County on the Oregon
about visitor interest in – and travel to – Lewis & Clark sites range
widely. Research conducted for Lewis & Clark trail state tourism
offices in 2000 (and being repeated in fall 2002) indicated that Oregon
and Washington were two of three states survey respondents were most
interested in visiting among the 11 states along the national Lewis & Clark
trail. The Columbia River Gorge ranked high as well, along with Monticello
and Harper’s Ferry, as the most recognized sites along the national trail.
has at least six major interpretive facilities (Tamastslikt Cultural
Institute on the Umatilla Indian Reservation; the Columbia Gorge Discovery
Center and Museum in The Dalles; The Museum at Warm Springs; the Oregon
History Center in Portland; and Fort Clatsop National Memorial and the
Columbia River Maritime Museum in Astoria) along its Lewis & Clark
corridor, and many more local museums and cultural centers.
state has 15 state and local park facilities with interpretive information,
trails and scenic views of the Expedition’s route; six wildlife refuges
in Oregon and Washington; and many interpretive waysides and signs along
the trail. The Oregon and Washington tourism departments recently produced
a Lewis & Clark brochure that highlights all the sites and regions
in both states.
federally recognized tribes have homelands along the Lewis & Clark
Trail in Oregon: The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation
and the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, both of whom are observing
the sesquicentennial of their 1855 treaty signing in 2005. Other current-day
tribes along the trail include the Clatsop-Nehalam and the Chinook.
Oregon Historical Society in Portland will host the National
Lewis & Clark Bicentennial Exhibition (November 11, 2005 - March
11, 2006) and the Astoria area has been selected to host one of the nation’s Signature
Events (November 11-15, 2005).