At the tippy top of Western Oregon lays Fort Stevens. It once was a military fort meant to guard Oregon’s coast at the mouth of the Columbia River. It is now a State Park with camping, lots of bike trails & history. It is also part of the Lewis & Clark National Historical Park and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Day 3 includes yet another house in the Portland area. The house is listed in the National Registry of Historic Places, but that’s not why most people visit the house. The house is now a museum, the rooms turned into galleries. If you enjoy natural science then you will adore this museum. If that’s not your thing, then you’ll be really bored here. It really
The beginning of June I took the kids to visit Fort Vancouver. Back in the early-mid 1800’s it was a booming fur trade center, owned by the Hudson Bay Company. At it’s prime, outside the palisade walls, were 8 acres of land used for growing grains, vegetables, fruits, herbs & ornamental flowers. The Hudson Bay Company has since vanished, as did the garden. The Fort
Last week, I took the kids to Fort Vancouver. It was our first visit to this historic site. Built in 1829, Fort Vancouver was once the most important settlement in the Pacific Northwest. It was the headquarters for the Columbia department of Britain’s Hudson’s Bay Company and primarily used for fur trade.
To go along with our Native American studies we visited the Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center. This was our first time exploring this museum. I was surprised at the variety of exhibits. We were there for the Indian artifacts, but also learned about the natural history, transportation, & community of the Columbia Gorge.
After visiting Bonneville Dam we drove a very short distance to the Bonneville Fish Hatchery. It is on Tanner Creek, close to where it empties into the Columbia River. This is also the location where Lewis and Clark stayed on April 9, 1806. The last time we were at the hatchery was in 2007, on our way back from Idaho. It certainly was time to
On a recent trip to the Columbia Gorge, we stopped at Bonneville Lock & Dam. It is located about 40 miles east of Portland, on the Columbia River between Oregon & Washington. Construction of the lock & dam was complete in 1938. A second powerhouse was operational in 1981. The lock & dam are used for river navigation & hydropower. In 1987, Bonneville Lock and
To go along with our unit on Native Americans, I took the kids to the Portland Art Museum to see their Native American collection. We saw a variety of art. Some work was modern & used as decoration, some work was once used in celebrations, & some work was used in everyday life. I was surprised & impressed with all the different styles.
The kids & I ventured a bit south yesterday to visit The Oregon Garden. This was a first time visit for all of us. I really wasn’t sure what to expect. We didn’t have time to explore the entire garden, but what we did see we enjoyed very much. It was a great place to explore with my kids. We had fun seeing the birds,