Lewis and Clark's Columbia River
Lewis & Clark's Columbia River - "200 Years Later"
"Coffee Pot Island, Oregon"
Includes ... Coffee Pot Island ... "Coffee Can Island" ... "Sand Island" ...
Image, 2004, Puget Island and Coffee Pot Island, from Bradley Wayside, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Puget Island and Coffee Pot Island. Puget Island (middleground) and Coffee Pot Island (foreground), looking upstream from Bradley State Wayside, Oregon. Image taken November 20, 2004.


Coffee Pot Island ...
Coffee Pot Island, Washington, lies at Columbia River between River Mile (RM) 41 and 42, on the south side of Puget Island, across from Wauna, Oregon. According to information on the "Rootsweb.com" Website (2005) Coffee Pot Island was named in the late 1800s by local fishermen who would stop, make small fires, and brew up cups of coffee.
"... Here was a little sandy island where the fishermen would land during the night to make their coffee over little fires. They had no facilities for coffee-making on their boats, as now. So they landed, and already a lot of little fires were going with pots of coffee boiling. ..."
Other names used for Coffee Pot Island were "Coffee Can Island" and "Sand Island". The 1948 NOAA Navigation Chart #6152, "Harrington Point to Crims Island" has the island unnamed. The 1968 chart calls the island "Sand I.", as does the 1979 chart. The 1982 chart has "Coffee Pot I.". In 1980 the U.S. Board of Geographic Names made "Coffee Pot Island" official. See Puget Island for more Early History.

Views ...

Image, 2005, Columbia River looking upstream from Bradley Wayside, Oregon, click to enlarge
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View upstream from Bradley State Wayside, Oregon. Puget Island and Coffee Pot Island, can be seen from Bradley State Wayside. Image taken April 19, 2005.


From the Journals of Lewis and Clark ...

Clark, November 7, 1805 ...




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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. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System (GNIS) database, 2006;


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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