A Glimpse into History…Gone

Squeezed October 6, 2005

Just last year, in the first part of my Oregon vacation, I took a day trip out to the northern part of the Oregon coast. One of the stops on my tour was Fort Clatsop, the place where the explorers Lewis and Clark spent the winter of 1805. On that site is a replica of the original fort, painstakingly recreated 50 years ago from the original writings and drawings of Lewis and Clark.

It was to be the centerpiece of bicentennial celebrations to be held this winter. But Monday evening, it was reduced to charred logs.

I don’t understand how someone could do such a thing. It’s not as though they’re burning down the original fort, but why someone would want to burn down a symbol of American history, and especially this close to a big milestone, boggles the mind. I hope they find this person and sentence him to four years walking the entire trail that Lewis and Clark followed, to the Pacific Coast and back. That’ll teach ‘em.

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