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Lewis & Clark's Columbia River - "200 Years Later"
"Wygant State Natural Area, Seneca Fouts and Vinzenz Lausmann Memorial State Natural Areas, Oregon"
Includes ... Wygant State Natural Area ... Seneca Fouts Memorial State Natural Area ... Vinzenz Lausmann Memorial State Natural Area ... Mitchell Point ...
Image, 2014, Mitchell Point, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Lausmann Memorial Park, Mitchell Point, Oregon. Image taken November 10, 2014.


Wygant State Natural Area ...
According to the Oregon State Parks and Recreation website (2014):

"... Land for the park was acquired between 1933 and 1978 by purchase and gift. The original 251.50 acres were given by Simeon Reed Winch and his wife, Olivia, and mother, Nellie, in 1933 in honor of Winch's grandparents, Theodore and Margaret Wygant. Theodore Wygant was an Oregon Trail pioneer of 1850. The Highway Commission agreed to commemorate the Wygants with the park’s name. Hood River County also gave land to the park. This park adjoins Seneca Fouts Memorial and Vinzenz Lausmann near Mitchell Point The park is forested, steep-walled Columbia River Gorge land. In the 1930s, day use developments, including trails, were made by the Civilian Conservation Corps. A trail traverses the park in a dense, hilly wilderness area which was once the old Oregon Trail, and later the Historic Columbia River Highway. The first mile of this trail is on pavement that hasn't had an automobile on it for 50 years (it still has the yellow divider stripe)."

The Wygant State Natural Area comprises 666.73 acres, and lies west of Mitchell Point.



Seneca Fouts Memorial State Natural Area ...
Today the Seneca Fouts Memorial State Natural Area comprises 425.5 acres of wilderness to the east of Mitchell Point. According to the Oregon State Parks and Recreation website (2014):

"... The original 150.5 acres for the park were given by Seneca Fouts in 1944. Later tracts were purchased from the Oregon Board of Forestry and private owners in 1959, 1961 and 1963. In 1978, an exchange was made with Hood River County that added lands to this park and Wygant State Park . ..."


Vinzenz Lausmann Memorial State Natural Area ...
In 1954 the Lausmann family donated 126 acres to the Columbia River Gorge Commission, who in turn gave the land to the State for park purposes, stipulating that it be named in memory of Vinzenz Lausmann. It was acquired to protect the scenic Mitchell Point area, joining the Wygant Natural Area to the west and the Seneca Fouts Memorial State Natural Area to the east.
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ANNA AND VINZENZ LAUSMANN
MEMORIAL PARK

This Plaque Is Adjacent To A Tract Of Land
Given To
The People Of The State of Oregon
For Park Purposes
Donated In Memory Of Their Father And Mother
By
Anton A. Lausmann And Joseph H. Lausmann
To Further
The Recreational And Scenic Aspects
Of The Columbia River Gorge
December 28, 1954

Image, 2014, Mitchell Point, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Plaque, Lausmann Memorial Park, Mitchell Point, Oregon. Image taken November 10, 2014.


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:    Oregon State Parks and Recreation website, 2014;

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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