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"Blurock Landing, Washington"
Includes ... Blurock Landing ... Mount Jefferson ... Mount Hood ... Mount St. Helens ... Mount Adams ... Mount Rainier ...
Image, 2003, Kelley Point and mouth of the Willamette River, Oregon, from Blurock Landing, Washington, click to enlarge
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View from Bluerock Landing. Kelley Point (treed area middle left) and mouth of the Willamette River (to the right of Kelley Point), and point of Sauvie Island (treed area right, thought by some to be Broughton's "Belle Vue Point"). Image taken July 2, 2003.


Blurock Landing ...
Blurock Landing is located on the Washington State side of the Columbia River at River Mile (RM) 100.5. It is located just upstream of Hewlett Point and Vancouver's Frenchman's Bar Park, and downstream of Mathews Point, also known as Lieutenant Broughton's "Parting Point" in 1792. Across the Columbia River on the Oregon side is Kelley Point and Kelley Point Park. Good views of the mouth of the Willamette River can be had from Blurock Landing.

Early Blurock Landing ...
An 1863 cadastral survey (tax survey) for T2N R1W has William S. Hatten having Claim No.39 for 108.5 acres, and Claim No.46 for 135.19 acres of T2N R1E. T2N R1E borders borders Vancouver Lake.

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management General Land Office (GLO) Records database (2007) shows William S. Hatten and Sarah Hatten being granted title to 246.69 acres of T2N R1E Sections 6, 7, and 12, on September 20, 1867 (1850 Oregon-Donation Act).

The Blurock family arrived in the Vancouver area around 1876, and were prosperous in the community.

An 1888 plat map for Clark County, Washington, shows "J. Blurock" owning property near Ryan Point, west of the property of "W. Ryan Jr.". This is miles east of today's Blurock Landing.

The 1896 Portland 1:62,500 topographic map has Blurock's Landing labeled "Bluerocks Landing".

An undated plat map for Clark County, Washington, presumed to be between 1915 and 1925, shows the property in the Blurock Landing area was owned by "Sarah Blurock". Sarah Blurock is also listed as owner of property bordering Vancouver Lake, today the site of Vancouver Lake Park. Comparing to the 1888 plat map of the area, the Sarah Blurock property was once part of the Donation Land Claim (DLC) of M.S. Hatten (W.S. Hatten), and included the northern part of the DLC of W. Hendrickson.



Five Volcanoes from Blurock Landing ...

The mouth of the Willamette River, Oregon, is located across from Blurock Landing, Washington. On April 2, 1806, as Captain Clark began his journey to explore the Willamette he wrote:

"... from the enterance of this river, I can plainly See Mt. Jefferson which is high and Covered with snow S.E. Mt. Hood East, Mt St. Helians a high humped Mountain to the East of Mt St. Helians. I also Saw the Mt. Raneer Nearly North ..." [Clark, April 2, 1806]

At Blurock Landing all five volcanoes can be seen from the parking lot. As Captain Clark mentioned them: Mount Jefferson and Mount Hood in Oregon, and Mount St. Helens, Mount Adams, and Mount Rainier in Washington State.


Image, 2004, Mount Jefferson, Oregon, from Blurock Landing, Washington, click to enlarge
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Mount Jefferson, Oregon, from Blurock Landing, Washington. Image taken February 11, 2004.


"... from the enterance of this river, I can plainly See Mt. Jefferson which is high and Covered with snow S.E. ..."
[Clark, November 2, 1806]
Image, 2004, Mount Hood, Oregon, from Blurock Landing, Washington, click to enlarge
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Mount Hood, Oregon, from Blurock Landing, Washington. Image taken February 11, 2004.


"... Mt. Hood East ..."
[Clark, November 2, 1806]
Image, 2003, Mount St. Helens, Washington, from Blurock Landing, Washington, click to enlarge
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Mount St. Helens, Washington, from Blurock Landing, Washington. Image taken February 11, 2004.


"... Mt St. Helians ..."
[Clark, November 2, 1806]
Image, 2004, Mount Adams, Washington, from Blurock Landing, Washington, click to enlarge
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Mount Adams, Washington, from Blurock Landing, Washington. Image taken February 11, 2004.


"... a high humped Mountain to the East of Mt St. Helians ..."
[Clark, November 2, 1806]
Image, 2004, Mount Rainier, Washington, from Blurock Landing, Washington, click to enlarge
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Mount Rainier, Washington, from Blurock Landing, Washington. Image taken February 11, 2004.


"... I also Saw the Mt. Raneer Nearly North ..."
[Clark, November 2, 1806]


From the Journals of Lewis and Clark ...

Clark, March 30, 1806 ...
we got under way verry early [from their camp near Wapato Portage] and had not proceeded to the head of the island [Bachelor Island] before we met with the three men of the Clan-nar-min-a-mon's who met us yesterday brackfast at the upper point of the Island [Bachelor Island] we met Several of the Clackstar and Cath-lah-cum-up in two canoes. Soon after we were overtaken by Several Canoes of different tribes who reside on each Side of the river the three above Tribes and the Clh-in-na-ta cathy-lah-nah-qui-up & Cath-lah-com-mah-tup reside on each Side of Wappato inlet [Multnomah Channel] and back of Wappato Island [Sauvie Island] which Island is formed by a Small Chanel which passes from the Lower part of Image Canoe Island [Hayden Island] into an inlet which makes in from the S W. Side, and receves the water of a Creek which heads with the Kil a mox River. this wappato Island [Sauvie Island] is about 18 or 20 Miles long and in places from 6 to 10 miles wide high & furtile with ponds on different parts of it in which the nativs geather Wappato. nearly opposit the upper point of the Isld. behing which we encamped last night, or on the Wappato Isld. is Several Camps of the nativs catching Sturgion. about 5 miles Still higher up and on the N E. Side we halted for brackfast at the place which We had encamped the 4th of November last [near Post Office Lake, Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge]. here we were visited by several canoes of Indians from two Towns a Short distance above on the Wappato Island [Sauvie Island]. the 1st of those Tribes Call themselves Clan-nah-quah and Situated about 2 miles above us, the other about a mile above Call themselves Mult-no-mah ...     at 10 a. m. we Set out and had not proceeded far before we came to a landing place where there was Several large canoes hauled up, and Sitting in a canoe, appearantly waiting our arival with a view to join the fleet indian who was then along Side of us. this man informed he was a Shoto and that his nation resided a little distance from the river. we landed and one of the indians pointed to the Shoto village which is Situated back of Pond [Vancouver Lake] which lies parrelal with the river on the N E. Side nearly opposit the Clan-nah quah village. here we were also joined by Several Canoes loaded with the natives from the Island who Continued to accompany us untill about 4 oClock when they all returned and we proceeded on to the place the Indians Stole my Tomahawk 4th Novr. last [Hayden Island] and Encamped in a Small Prarie ["Jolie Prairie" where Fort Vancouver and Pearson Airpark would some day be located] above a large Pond on N. E and opposit the Center of image Canoe Island [Hayden Island]. capt Lewis walked out and Saw Several deer. Jo. Field Shot at Elk he killed and brought in a fine duck. ...     we made 22 Miles only to day the wind and a Strong current being against us all day, with rain. discovered a high mountain S E. Covered with Snow which we call Mt. Jefferson [Mount Jefferson, Oregon]





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*River Miles [RM] are approximate, in statute miles, and were determined from USGS topo maps, obtained from NOAA nautical charts, or obtained from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers website, 2003

Sources: "Rootsweb.com" website, 2005; U.S. Bureau of Land Management, General Land Office Records website, 2007.

All Lewis and Clark quotations from Gary Moulton editions of the Lewis and Clark Journals, University of Nebraska Press, all attempts have been made to type the quotations exactly as in the Moulton editions, however typing errors introduced by this web author cannot be ruled out; location interpretation from variety of sources, including this website author.
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