Lewis and Clark's Columbia River
Lewis & Clark's Columbia River - "200 Years Later"
"Beards Hollow and Deadmans Hollow, Washington"
Includes ... Beards Hollow ... Deadmans Hollow ... West Wind Trail ...
Image, 2005, Pacific Ocean just north of North Head, at Beards Hollow Overlook, click to enlarge
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Pacific Ocean from Beards Hollow Overlook. Pacific Ocean, from bluff north of North Head, overlooking Beards Hollow, approximately 2 miles south of Seaview. On November 15, 1805, Captain Lewis reached the Pacific Ocean near modern-day Seaview, Washington. Image taken April 19, 2005.


Beards Hollow and Deadmans Hollow ...
Beards Hollow and Deadmans Hollow were named for the same circumstances - the sinking of the Vandalia in 1853. Beards Hollow lies on the north side of North Head and Deadmans Hollow lies on the south side of North Head.

Beards Hollow...
Beards Hollow is located at Cape Disappointment on the Washington Coast, south of Seaview, Washington, and north of the North Head Lighthouse. On November 15, 1805, Captain Lewis reached the Pacific Ocean near Beards Hollow. Beards Hollow was named after Captain E.N. Beard whose ship, the bark Vandalia, met disaster off the mouth of the Columbia River in 1853. The crew was lost and Captain Beard's body was found on the beach near the hollow.

Robert Hitchman wrote in "Place Names of Washington (1985, Washington State Historical Society):

"Beards Hollow (T10N R11W Sec.32) ... A circular beach in a hollow at the base of a cliff, on Pacific Ocean, 1 mile west of Ilwaco, southwest Pacific County. It was named for Capt. E.N. Beard who ship, the bark Vanalia, foundered off the mouth of the Columbia River in 1853. All hands were lost, and Beard's body was found on the beach near this hollow."

Deadmans Hollow...
Robert Hitchman wrote in "Place Names of Washington (1985, Washington State Historical Society):

"Deadmans Hollow (T9N R11W Sec.5) ... A dangerous hollow on the Pacific Ocean, between North Head and Peacock Spit, southwest Pacific County. In 1853, when the bark Vandalia foundered at the mouth of Columbia River, all hands were lost and some of the bodies drifted into this hollow. Over a period of years, several drowned fishermen have also been found here."

Views ...

Penny Postcard, Beards Hollow, Washington
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Penny Postcard: Beards Hollow, Pacific Ocean, Washington. Penny Postcard, Divided Back (1915-1930), "View From Beards Hollow, Near Sea View, Wash.", Wesley Andrews Co., Portland, Ore. Card #625. In the private collection of Lyn Topinka.
Penny Postcard, Deadmans Hollow, Washington
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Penny Postcard: Deadmans Hollow, Pacific Ocean, Washington. Penny Postcard, Divided Back (1915-1930), "Dead Man's Hollow From Ocean Beach Highway, Long Beach, Wash.", Photo by Wesley Andrews, Wesley Andrews Co., Portland, Ore. Card #776-30-N. In the private collection of Lyn Topinka.
Image, 2005, Pacific Ocean just north of North Head, at Beards Hollow Overlook, click to enlarge
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Beach at Beards Hollow and the Pacific Ocean, north of North Head and south of Seaview, Washington. Pacific Ocean, from bluff north of North Head, overlooking Beards Hollow, approximately 2 miles south of Seaview. On November 15, 1805, Captain Lewis reached the Pacific Ocean near modern-day Seaview, Washington. Image taken April 19, 2005.


Beards Hollow and Deadmans Hollow

  • West Wind Trail ...


West Wind Trail ...
The mile-long West Wind Trail goes from the rocky outcrop of North Head Lighthouse to the old growth forests of Beards Hollow. From there one can travel the beach the four miles to Long Beach.

Image, 2005, Beards Hollow, click to enlarge
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Treed area, Beards Hollow, Cape Disappointment, Washington. Image taken April 19, 2005.
Image, 2005, Beards Hollow, click to enlarge
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Treed area, Beards Hollow, Cape Disappointment, Washington. Image taken April 19, 2005.


"The Golden Age of Postcards" ...

The early 1900s was the "Golden Age of Postcards", with the "Penny Postcard" being a popular way to send greetings to family and friends. Today the Penny Postcard has become a snapshot of history.


From the Journals of Lewis and Clark ...

Clark, November 19, 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:
  • Hitchman, R., 1985, "Place Names of Washington", Washington State Historical Society;


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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