As a Columbia River community, we are deeply connected to the Trail. The Corps passed by the City of St. Helens in November 1805 and on the return voyage in March of 1806. Local lore has it that the Corps sheltered under a massive Oak tree as they passed by the site that would later become St. Helens. The Columbia County Museum Association identifies the site on the downtown Walking Tour: https://sites.google.com/colcomuseum.org/walking/home
Our community celebrates the journey with interpretive signage along US Highway 30, in our City Plaza (also the Columbia County seat) and Columbia View Park, which is where many residents and visitors connect directly with the river. See attached images.
The City of St. Helens is actively working to redevelop our riverfront property. Partnership with the Lewis and Clark NHT is a great opportunity to educate and engage our community and visitors around the natural and cultural history of the area, including the journey of the Corps of Discovery.
Rachael Barry Reservations and Information:
265 Plaza Square, Saint Helens, Oregon 97051, United States