Time Travel to Lewis n Clark on N. Oregon Coast with Interactive Event
Published 07/19/2015 at 5:04 AM PDT
(Seaside, Oregon) – August 15 brings some of Lewis and Clark to life on the beach at Seaside, with the Saltmakers Return event. It happens every third weekend in August: your chance to go back in time and meet some of the Corps of Discovery members, of Lewis and Clark fame.
From 11 a.m to 4 p.m. on the beach at Avenue U, a group of men in period costume will provide a bit of living history as the re-enact the Corps' work making salt from seawater. The National Park Rangers will be discussing details of the Lewis and Clark expedition, and how they spent the winter of 1805-06 here on the north Oregon coast, at Fort Clatsop (just south of Warrenton).
But at one point just before their departure for the long road home, they wandered south and began boiling salt.
An interesting aspect that will throw you is they actually talk in the manner of the time, and will literally not understand any mentions of modern inventions or objects. Speaking in period dialect, they are completely unaware of any cultural or technological reference beyond the year 1806.
Visitors are encouraged to ask questions, but you'll have to think and speak on their terms. Officials advise: "The best way to start a conversation with a Salt Maker is to ask, 'How are you today?' 'Where are you from?' and 'What is your name?' "
Hold onto your dog, too. Sometimes the men try to trade your mutt so they'll have meat for their meal.
At the time, the group sent south spent 48 hours working in what would later become Seaside. The Saltmakers Return event used to run 48 hours straight as well, but that has ceased in recent years.
There is a replica of the rock construction they used to boil the water sitting a few blocks down from Avenue U. This is the actual site, so determined during the Lewis & Clark Centennial 100 years ago, through discussions with local tribal members still living who remembered the group.
Turn west (toward the ocean) on Avenue U. The program is on the beach not far from the small parking area at the end of the street. (503) 861-2471. http://www.nps.gov/lewi/planyourvisit/saltmakers-return.htm
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