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By Lou Marzeles

Newly found Indian, Lewis and Clark sites near Wishram examined


Lou Marzeles

HISTORY UP CLOSE: A group of historians and Lewis and Clark specialists took a guided tour Saturday of major new sites important to both Native American and Lewis and Clark history, led by Robert Zornes, on whose property near Wishram the sites were recently discovered. Above (left to right), Rennie and Barb Kubik and Dr. Steven McClure gaze at features within a cave considered significant to the Yakama Nation. In it are images centuries old painted on the walls.

On the night of Oct. 22, 1805, Lewis and Clark and their Corps of Discovery pitched camp right next to a Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) tower.

Or so it could seem, judging by the looks of it today. An historian in a sardonic frame of mind might look at the site and swear that Lewis and Clark must have drawn the BPA tower on their highly precise map of the area. The incongruity of 200-year-old history near a huge electrical tower was not lost at all on the historians and Lewis and Clark specialists who hiked out to the area last Saturday, Oct. 19.

On that day Robert Zornes, the man who with his wife Arlene owns the land on which the Lewis and Clark campsite is located just outside o...

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