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Lewis & Clark's Columbia River - "200 Years Later"
"Cougar, Washington"
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Image, 2018, Cougar, Washington, click to enlarge
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"Welcome", Cougar, Washington. View heading east. Image taken October 4, 2018.


Cougar ...
Cougar is a small Washington town located at the north end of Yale Lake, at Lewis River Mile (RM) 42. Three miles north is Merrill Lake, eleven miles north is Mount St. Helens, and six miles northeast is Ape Cave. Woodland, Washington is 25 miles to the west.

Early Cougar ...
According to "Place Names of Washington" (Hitchman, 1985):

"Cougar:   Village on the north bank of Lewis River, 24 miles northeast of Woodland, southeast Clark County. In 1906, when a post office was established here, settlers submitted a list of proposed names to postal authorities. This short and rather appropriate name was chosen from the list."

According to "Origin of Washington Geographic Names" (Edmond S. Meany, 1920):

"Cougar, a town in Cowlitz County. The postoffice was established in 1906, and of the several names submitted to the Postoffice Department this one of a wild animal was selected. (John Beavers, in Names MSS., Letter 201.)"

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Image, 2018, Cougar, Washington, click to enlarge
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Cougar, Washington. Entering Cougar, heading east. Image taken October 4, 2018.
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Cougar, Washington. Image taken October 4, 2018.


Cougar, etc.

  • Ape Cave ...
  • Sasquatch ...


Ape Cave ...
Ape Cave, at 13,042 feet long (nearly 2.5 miles), is the third longest lava tube in North America. It hosts a year-round temperature of 42°F. The lava tube was formed 1,900 years ago by an unusual basaltic eruption of Mount St. Helens volcano.
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Image, 2014, Ape Cave, Washington, click to enlarge
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Sign, Ape Cave, Washington. Image taken September 4, 2014.
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Entrance, Ape Cave, Washington. Image taken September 4, 2014.
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Ape Cave, Washington. Image taken September 4, 2014.


Sasquatch ...
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Image, 2015, Sasquatch, Cougar, Washington, click to enlarge
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Sasquatch, Cougar, Washington. Image taken July 1, 2015.
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"Old" Sasquatch, Cougar, Washington. Image taken July 1, 2015.


From the Journals of Lewis and 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:
  • Hitchman, R., 1985, "Place Names of Washington", Washington Historical Society Press;
  • Meany, E.S., 1920, "Origin of Washington Geographic Names", IN: Washington Historical Quarterly, Vol.XI, No.1, January 1920;


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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