The Goldendale Sentinel - Headlines & History since 1879

By Richard Lefever
Klickitat County Historical Society 

Looking Back


May 19, 1792 – 228 Years Ago – Reported in Sentinel, June 6, 1960

Upon the eve of their departure and eight days after entering the great river, Captain Robert Gray gave the river the name of his ship, Columbia. He traditionally landed near the mouth of the river and formally named it after his ship, raising the flag of the United States and planting coins under a large pine tree, thus taking possession in the name of the United States. From the official log of the ship is the following: “May 19, 1792 – Fresh wind and clear weather. Early a number of canoes came alongside; seamen and tradesmen employed in various departments. Captain Gray gave this river the name ‘Columbia Riv...

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