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Image, 2009, Maya Lin Bird Blind, Sandy River Delta, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Maya Lin Bird Blind, Confluence Project, Sandy River Delta, Oregon. Image taken September 19, 2009.


"... Through place and art, the project’s goal is to reflect the tremendous changes of the last 200 years on the Northwest’s native people and environment. ..." ["ConfluenceProject.org" website, 2009]


Columbia River Confluence Project ...
To commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, artist Maya Lin (designer of the Viet Nam Memorial) was commissioned to design interpretive artwork for seven locations along the Columbia and Snake Rivers.


1 ... Cape Disappointment State Park
This project was completed and dedicated in August 2008, and includes a boardwalk, cedar circle, fish-cleaning table, amphitheater trail, and viewing platform overlooking Baker Bay.


2 ... Ridgefield
This project has yet to be determined (as of July 2011, Confluence Project website) and will be an environmental research center highlighting the confluence of the Willamette River with the Columbia.


3 ... Vancouver "Land Bridge"
The Vancouver Land Bridge crosses Highway 14 and connects Fort Vancouver to Vancouver's Waterfront Park and the Waterfront Renaissance Trail along the Columbia. The bridge was dedicated August 23, 2008.

Image, 2011, Vancouver Land Bridge, click to enlarge
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Vancouver Land Bridge crossing Washington State Highway 14, Vancouver, Washington. View looking southeast, from north side of Washington State Highway 14. Image taken August 2, 2011.
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"Village Overlook", Vancouver Land Bridge, Vancouver, Washington. North side of the Bridge. Image taken August 2, 2011.
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Design, "Prairie Overlook", Vancouver Land Bridge, Vancouver, Washington. North side of the Bridge. Image taken August 2, 2011.
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Path toward "River Overlook", from the south, Vancouver Land Bridge, Vancouver, Washington. View of bridge path, from south end, walking north. Image taken August 2, 2011.
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South portal, Vancouver Land Bridge, Vancouver, Washington. Image taken August 2, 2011.
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Salmon, South portal, Vancouver Land Bridge, Vancouver, Washington. Image taken August 2, 2011.


4 ... Sandy River Delta "Bird Blind"
This project is a ramp leading to a wooden structure built of black locust, called a "Bird Blind" and was formally dedicated August 23, 2008. Engraved on the wooden slats are names of 134 plants and animals documented by Lewis and Clark.

Image, 2009, Maya Lin Bird Blind, Sandy River Delta, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Maya Lin Bird Blind, Confluence Project, Sandy River Delta, Oregon. Image taken May 25, 2009.
Image, 2009, Maya Lin Bird Blind, Sandy River Delta, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Maya Lin Bird Blind, Confluence Project, Sandy River Delta, Oregon. Image taken September 19, 2009.
Image, 2009, Maya Lin Bird Blind, Sandy River Delta, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Maya Lin Bird Blind, Confluence Project, Sandy River Delta, Oregon. Image taken September 19, 2009.
Image, 2009, Maya Lin Bird Blind, Sandy River Delta, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Maya Lin Bird Blind, Confluence Project, Sandy River Delta, Oregon. Image taken September 19, 2009.
Image, 2009, Maya Lin Bird Blind, Sandy River Delta, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Clark's Nutcracker, Maya Lin Bird Blind, Confluence Project, Sandy River Delta, Oregon. Image taken September 19, 2009.
Image, 2009, Maya Lin Bird Blind, Sandy River Delta, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Lewis' Woodpecker, Maya Lin Bird Blind, Confluence Project, Sandy River Delta, Oregon. Image taken September 19, 2009.


5 ... Celilo Park
The project, slated for completion in the fall of 2012 (Confluence Project website, July 2011), and should be a cantilevered ramp which will overlook the Columbia River.


6 ... Sacajawea State Park
This project was completed and dedicated in August 2010, and consists of basalt Story Circles.


7 ... Chief Timothy Park
This project is located on the Snake River and will be a "Listening Circle". Currently (July 2011, information from the Confluence Project website) this project is slated for completion in the spring of 2011.


From the Journals of Lewis and Clark ...

Clark, ...
 




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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: "ConfluenceProject.org" website, 2009.

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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