Lewis and Clark's Columbia River
Lewis & Clark's Columbia River - "200 Years Later"
"Ocian in view"
Includes ... "Ocian in view" ... Grays Bay ...
Image, 2004, Ocian in view, sign, click to enlarge
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"Ocian in view". From the road to Pillar Rock, near Pigeon Bluff (Mile Post 5). Image taken June 16, 2004.


"... Ocian in view! O! the joy. ..."


"Ocian in view" ...
On November 7, 1805, at camp near Pillar Rock, Captain Clark wrote in his journal:

"... we are in view of the opening of the Ocian, which Creates great joy. ..." [Clark, November 7, 1805, first draft]

"... Ocian in view! O! the joy ..." [Clark, in distances for November 7, found in Journals after entries of November 16]

In reality the men were really looking at the lower Columbia River estuary and Grays Bay, with another 20 miles to go before reaching the Pacific Ocean. Captain Lewis would reach the Ocean on November 15th and Captain Clark would reach the Ocean on November 18.

Today a turnout at Pigeon Bluff along the road to Altoona and Pillar Rock contains a viewpoint overlooking Grays Bay, and an information kiosk honoring Clark's "Ocian in view! O! the joy".


Views ...

Image, 2013, Sign, Altoona-Pillar Rock Road, Washington, click to enlarge
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Sign, Altoona-Pillar Rock Road, Washington. Image taken October 15, 2013.
Image, 2004, Grays Bay, Washington, click to enlarge
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Grays Bay, Washington. From the road to Pillar Rock, near Pigeon Bluff (Mile Post 5). Image taken April 9, 2004.


From the Journals of Lewis and Clark ...

Clark, November 7, 1805 ...


Clark, November 7, 1805, in distances, found in journals after entries of November 16, 1805 ...
S. 70 W. 3 Miles to a point on the Stard Side [Jim Crow Point] passg. under a high mountanious Countrey and Encamped on the rocks Stard. Side opposit a rock [Pillar Rock] Situated a mile in the river 50 feet high & 20 Diamuter Some high mountains to the S W. on the top of one [Saddle Mountain] is Snow. Ocian in view! O! the joy.




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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

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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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September 2008