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Vancouver to Johnson’s Landing

  • Distance: 102 miles
  • Routes: Interstate 5, SR 4, SR 401
  • Estimated Driving time: 2 hours

Lewis and Clark’s expedition first sighted the Pacific Ocean near present day Chinook. The Expedition  voted to winter over on the coast before beginning their return journey. This tour follows their general route and explores the multiple small towns that have developed along the Columbia and shaped the character of the region.

This tour makes a quick connection from Vancouver up to Longview via Interstate 5 and then follows the course of the Columbia River out to the Pacific Coast and a connection with Tour 9. This tour passes through the densely forested coastal mountain range.

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The seat of Clark County and oldest settlement in the State, is strategically located on the navigable lower Columbia River, north of Portland, Oregon, in an important agricultural region, within 40 miles of Bonneville Dam. Lumber and paper mills, docks, grain elevators, and canneries are concentrated on the riverside; a little farther back are breweries and other industrial concerns. The streets leading from the banks of the Columbia through the...

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Evergreen Hotel

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Charles and Laura Slocum House

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US National Bank Building

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John P. and Mary Kiggins House

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Elks Building

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Alfred and Mary Estelle Chumasero-Smith House

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Vancouver Telephone Building

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US Post Office

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St. James Cathedral

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Lowell M. Hidden and W. Foster Hidden Houses

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Vancouver Carnegie Library

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Clark County Courthouse

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Kiggins Theater

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House of Providence

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Pearson Field

Kalama (“pretty maiden”), is on a narrow flat at the confluence of the Columbia and Kalama Rivers. It began in 1853 when Ezra Meeker, noted pioneer, arrived and built a cabin near the present townsite. Leaving his wife and son here for a time, he continued north with his brother to locate land claims in the Puget Sound country. Although numerous claims were settled along the Columbia and Kalama Rivers...

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St. Joseph’s Catholic Church

Mile: 30

The highway traverses the base of a wooded promontory and ascends gradually, offering a panorama of the Columbia as it swings westward to join the Pacific. A large island stems the current in the center of this great sweep of water. Ocean-going cargo carriers move ponderously upon its broad bosom and small fishing boats scuttle to and fro. At nights the lights of tiny settlements on the Oregon shore appear.

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Mile: 34

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