Dismal Nitch & Station Camp
Trapped by fierce wind and high waves at this rocky shoreline, Captain William Clark named the dreary spot "dismal little nitch." Today, you can enjoy great views of the Columbia River and the vibrant shipping lane that passes close to Astoria.
About four miles downriver at Station Camp, near the church in present day McGowan, the Corp took their historic vote about where to set up winter camp. The majority decided to cross to the south side of the Columbia. In this first recorded election in the Pacific Northwest, Clark's slave, York, was allowed to vote—nearly sixty years before American slaves were emancipated. Sacagawea, the Shoshoni wife of Toussaint Charbonneau, also voted—more than a century before women or Indians were granted the full rights of citizenship.
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