DescriptionOn May 12, 1792, thousands of Native Americans witnessed Capt. Robert Gray's dramatic entrance into the mouth of the Columbia River in his great winged ship, the Columbia Rediviva. The historic landing established a strong U.S. claim to all country drained by the Columbia River. Meriwether Lewis and William Clark camped just east of Chinook with members of their expedition in November 1805, just prior to the culmination of the explorers' 2.5-year transcontinental journey.
Knappton Cove Heritage Center, 4 miles east of town at US 101 and SR 401, preserves and interprets a U.S. Public Health Quarantine Station that operated here 1899-1938; phone (503) 738-5206.
Things to SeeFort Columbia Historical State Park