By Senators Snyder, Carlson and Kohl-Welles
WHEREAS, The history of the Lewis and Clark is an important part of the early history of the United States and an essential part of Washington State=s early past; and
WHEREAS, The Lewis and Clark party arrived at the mouth of the Columbia River in November of 1805 and remained at Station Camp for ten days along its northern shore; and
WHEREAS, It is at this campsite that Captain William Clark wrote in his journal the following words, AYThis I could plainly see would be the extent of our journey by waterYin full view of the ocianYfrom Point Adams to Cape Disappointment.@ ; and
WHEREAS, At this exact same camp Sergeant Patrick Gass wrote in his journal, AWe are now at the end of our voyage which has been completely accomplished according to the intention of the expeditionY@; and
WHEREAS, At this exact same campsite Private Joseph Whitehouse wrote in his journal, AWe are now in plain view of the Pacific OceanY& think that we are at an end of our VoyageY@; and
WHEREAS, after the party had returned to St. Louis, Captain Lewis wrote to President Thomas Jefferson describing their successful arrival at the ocean: ASir, It is with pleasure that I announce to you the safe arrival of myself and party at 12 Oclk, today at this place with our papers and baggage. In obedience to your orders we have penitrated the Continent of North America to the Pacific OceanY@; and
WHEREAS, The historic date which Lewis and Clark considered as marking the entire Corps of Discovery=s arrival at the Pacific Ocean in 1805: AOn the 17th of November we reached the Ocian.@
NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, That the Senate of the State of Washington recognize that these journals and letters provides evidence that the western end of the Lewis and Clark expedition is located in Pacific County, Washington; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That the Senate of the State of Washington recognize the significance of Lewis and Clark to the early history of this State; and commemorate the western terminus of the Lewis and Clark trail, one of the most important historic sites in the western United States.
I, Tony M. Cook, Secretary of the Senate,
do hereby certify that this is a true and
correct copy of Senate Resolution 8642,
adopted by the Senate March 23, 2001.
TONY M. COOK
Secretary of the Senate