Sacajawea State Park

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Sacajawea Historical State Park
Sacajawea Museum - Pasco, WA.jpg
Sacajawea Interpretive Center
Map showing the location of Sacajawea Historical State Park
Map showing the location of Sacajawea Historical State Park
Location in the state of Washington
Location Franklin, Washington, United States
Coordinates 46°12′00″N 119°02′26″W / 46.20000°N 119.04056°W / 46.20000; -119.04056Coordinates: 46°12′00″N 119°02′26″W / 46.20000°N 119.04056°W / 46.20000; -119.04056[1]
Area 267 acres (108 ha)
Elevation 348 ft (106 m)[1]
Established 1931
Operator Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission
Website Sacajawea Historical State Park

Sacajawea State Park is a public recreation area and historical preserve in the city of Pasco, Washington, covering 267 acres (108 ha) at the confluence of the Snake and Columbia rivers where the Lewis and Clark Expedition camped on October 16, 1805.[2] The state park bears the name of the Shoshone woman Sacagawea, who was an active member of the expedition married to expedition member Toussaint Charbonneau, a French-Canadian interpreter and explorer. The park's Sacajawea Interpretive Center features exhibits about her and about the Lewis and Clark Expedition.[3]

Park history

The park originated as a single-acre plot donated in 1927 and nurtured by members of the Pasco chapter of the Daughters of the Pioneers of Washington, preserving the Lewis and Clark encampment site. The grounds became a state park in 1931. Workers with the WPA constructed the park museum and three other buildings in 1938.[2]

Activities and amenities

The park has facilities for picnicking, hiking, boating, fishing, and swimming. It is the beginning of the Sacagawea Heritage Trail, a paved bike trail that connects the communities of Tri-Cities area. The park's single campsite is held in reserve for paddlers on the Northwest Discovery Water Trail.[2]

References

  1. ^ a b "Sacajawea State Park". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  2. ^ a b c "Sacajawea Historical State Park". Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission. Retrieved February 27, 2016.
  3. ^ "Sacajawea". Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission. Retrieved February 27, 2016.

External links

  • Sacajawea Historical State Park Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission
  • Sacajawea State Park Map Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission
  • Sacajawea State Park U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
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