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“The fort has been rebuilt!”

Fort Clatsop National Memorial
Ranked #5 of 50 things to do in Astoria
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Owner description: A replica of Lewis & Clark's original fort built during their expedition in 1805.
San Francisco Bay Area, CA
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3 reviews
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“The fort has been rebuilt!”
Reviewed May 21, 2008

I noticed that the last review said that there wasn't a fort any more. The previous version did indeed burn down, but there was a painstaking multi-year effort to rebuild it. (Note that both versions were replicas; the original Fort Clatsop has long been lost, although historians and archeologists are confident it was quite near the site of the recreation.)

All in all, a very worthwhile stop if you're interested in history. The paths are landscaped with plants discovered by the Lewis & Clark expedition, and the visitor's center has a good selection of books. The exhibits themselves are modest, and showing their age, but the film in the theater is well done and interesting. Browse through the exhibits, watch the film, then amble a hundred yards to the fort. About an hour's worth of diversion. If you've got more time, there's a trail to hike.

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Reviewed October 24, 2006

There wasn't anything to do there, except watch a film about Lewis & Clark. The replica of the fort burned down, so there is nothing to see but the visitor's center. So, unless you are a HUGE Lewis & Clark History Buff & just have to see every where they stopped, it's SO not worth it.

3 Thank Morg!e
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“Informative and Fun”
Reviewed June 22, 2005

Wow, this place has been through so many changes since we first started visiting the fort about fifteen years ago. There is now a shuttle that takes you up to the fort, a movie theater and many demonstrations throughout the day. This is a very informative attraction and I highly recommend a visit here to anyone interested in American History.

9 Thank syrahgirl
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“Loved it.”
Reviewed June 14, 2004

Nice replica of winter Fort for the Lewis and Clark expedition. Really nice visitor center with exhibits, movie theatre etc.

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