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Fort Canby

This 5 mile side trip loops out through Fort Canby.

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A rocky indentation at the base of a precipice, is visible from an overlook. The hollow was named for Captain E. N. Beard, commander of the bark Vandelia, which foundered off the mouth of the Columbia in 1853. All hands were lost, and the ship was found floating bottom side up near McKenzie Head. Captain Beard’s body was found on the beach below present Beard’s Hollow.

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Mile: 2

At the crest of a hill amidst dense stands of trees is a junction with North Head Lighthouse Road. A short jog of a few hundred yards leads to the high promontory of North Head, where a lighthouse stands above the sea. Completed in 1898, the North Head Lighthouse improved navigation for ships approaching from the north. Today, the lighthouse sits within the Cape Disappointment National Register Historic District and...

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Mile: 2

Fort Canby is within the Lewis and Clark National and State Historical Park. Built in 1864, it was one of the earliest forts in Washington, was named for Major General Edward Richard Canby. An important base in pioneer days, overlooking the Columbia River entrance, it has been on the inactive list for some time. On January 28, 1875, it was renamed to honor Maj. Gen. Edward Richard Sprigg Canby, who...

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Mile: 3

On the military reservation, stands on the tall headland named by Captain John Meares, who rounded the cape in 1788. Captain Meares, failing to perceive that be was at the outlet of a great river, named the cape in chagrin. The sheltered water behind the cape, now known as Baker Bay, he named Deception Bay. Shuttles from the parking areas take visitors to the lighthouse, who can also walk there....

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