Sunday, January 8, 2012
Lewis and Clark, and the Whale Skeleton
Photo of whale skeleton courtesy 123rf.com
On this day in 1806, Lewis and Clark discovered a skeleton of a 105 feet long blue whale that had washed up from the Pacific Ocean onto the banks of Ecola Creek in what is modern-day Cannon Beach, Oregon. They discovered the Tillamook Indians nearby boiling the blubber, and purchased some blubber from them. Clark named this creek Ecola Creek or E co-la, which means Whale Creek. (All the links in this paragraph are relevant to the expedition.) For more information, click here, and click here, and click here.
Meriwether Lewis is a very, very distant relative of mine, so I probably have a little greater than average interest in the expedition. What events in history most interest you and why?