So named for its unusual rock formation, this Oregon park is located at Exit 25 from I-84 east of Portland, at what is now a long sandy stretch of the Columbia River. On November 2nd, 1805, with the long rainy season quickly approaching, Lewis and Clark pitched camp near this exact spot on their perilous journey towards the wide Pacific Ocean.

The Columbia River has now been harnessed by a series of dams providing hydroelectric power, irrigation, and transportation, luxuries unaffored the early settlers of the Oregon country. Where the mouth of the Columbia meets the Pacific Ocean exsists one of the most turbulent waterways in all the world. Up from the shore rises the oldest American settlement west of the Rockies. Astoria, with its spectacular view and its rich nautical history, is still calling out to the seafaring sailor and the wayward explorers of old and of new.

1998 Roxann Gess Smith
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