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After passing a wet and tedious winter near the Pacific Coast,
Lewis and Clark left behind Fort Clatsop and headed east for

The Corps of Discovery arrived at the Pacific the previous
November, having made a difficult crossing over the rugged
Rocky Mountains. Their winter stay on the south side of the
Columbia River—dubbed Fort Clatsop in honor of the local
Native American tribe—had been plagued by rainy weather
and a scarcity of fresh meat.

No one in the Corps of Discovery regretted leaving Fort
Clatsop behind


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  Lewis (L) and Clark (R).


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CORBETT, Ore (KATU). — Vista House is set to reopen to visitors
in the Columbia River Gorge this coming weekend.

While the viewpoint and parking lot have remained open, Vista
House and its gift shop and café will be back open to the public.

The historic Columbia River Gorge attraction has been closed for
most of 2020 and 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Vista House opened in 1918 (above) as a glamorous rest stop and observatory for those traveling the new highway. This “comfort
station” was a rest stop like no other, featuring marble floors,
stained glass windows — and, of course, a stunning view. In the
words of The Oregonian, it was “the finishing achievement for the greatest highway in America.”

Architect Edgar M. Lazarus designed the building to be functional, beautiful and commemorative: the rest stop served as a memorial
to the settlers who had traveled the final stretch of the Oregon Trail
along the Columbia River. Inside, stone panels are carved with the
names of settler families. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974, the building fulfills Lazarus’s vision as a “temple to
the natural beauty of the Gorge.


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Edgar Marks Lazarus
(June 6, 1868 – October 2, 1939)

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One of Oregon's Biggest Malls to Lose Its Macy's


PORTLAND, Ore. (KPTV) – The Lloyd Center appears to escape redevelopment
as a new owner attempts to “revitalize” the long-standing Portland mall.

Urban Renaissance Group, a real estate company with offices in
Portland announced a partnership Monday with lending company
KKR Real Estate Finance Trust to take ownership of the 61-year-
old mall with the intention of maintaining retail and works paces
as well as ice skating (below).


Black Friday Giveaway | Lloyd Center | 2201 Lloyd Center Portland, OR

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October 12th, 1962 saw landfall of Tropical Storm Freda on
to the Pacific Coast. The center of what was to become known
as the Columbus Day Storm paralleled the Northern California,
Oregon and Washington Coast a mere 50 miles away from
shore before it dissipated over Vancouver Island on October
17th, 1962.

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Portland City Hall

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Maj. Dale R. Buis (above left) and Master Sgt. Chester M. Ovnand
(right) became the first Americans killed in the American phase of
the Vietnam War when guerrillas struck a Military Assistance
Advisory Group (MAAG) compound in Bien Hoa, 20 miles
northeast of Saigon. The group had arrived in South Vietnam
on November 1, 1955, to provide military assistance.

The organization consisted of U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, and
Marine Corps personnel who provided advice and assistance
to the Ministry of Defense, Joint General Staff, corps and
division commanders, training centers, and province and
district headquarters.

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The Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington D.C.


More than 3 million people (including over 58,000 Americans) were
killed in the Vietnam War, and more than half were Vietnamese


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The Vietnam Memorial in Canby, Oregon




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