ILWACO, Wash. - A Washington State Historical Society traveling exhibition, "End of Our Voyage: The Washington Experience of Lewis and Clark," is now showing at the Ilwaco Heritage Museum through Sept. 22.
Residents of the Columbia Pacific region are well acquainted with the story of the Corps of Discovery's epic journey across the North American continent from 1803 to 1806. Fort Clatsop, where the expedition spent the winter of 1805, has long been a local favorite, as well as a national destination. There is a growing awareness of the importance of the Corps of Discovery's experience on the north side of the Columbia River in what is now the state of Washington, including their 18 days in what is now Pacific County, Wash.
"End of Our Voyage" is a colorful, free-standing traveling display, featuring many historic photographs, graphics and maps, which outlines the many experiences of the Lewis and Clark Expedition as it came down the Snake and Columbia rivers. Viewers can share in William Clark's triumphant conclusion Nov. 7, 1805, when he wrote:
"Great joy in camp we are in View of the Ocian, the great pacific Octean which we have been So long anxious to See."
The Ilwaco Heritage Museum is a certified site on the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail. In fact, Clark, in company with a small group of men, walked through the site Nov. 18 and 19, 1805. The museum is located at 115 S.E. Lake St., one block south and a half block east of the stoplight on U.S. Highway 101, and across the street from the post office. Call (360) 642-3446 for further information or for directions.