McGOWAN - Ostrander and Co. of Kelso/Longview began work this week on the realignment of Highway 101 between McGowan and the Chinook tunnel to make room for an 8-acre waterfront park at Station Camp, part of the new Lewis and Clark State and National Historic Park.
Only the foundations remain of Kay Garvin's duplex, which has been moved to another site on property owned by the Garvin family who donated a portion of the land for the park. Historic St. Mary's Catholic Church will remain on the site of the park.
Station Camp is where the Lewis and Clark Expedition reached the Pacific Ocean and spent 10 days exploring west of the site, near present day-Chinook, Ilwaco and Long Beach.
The park will tell the story of the ancient Chinook village, incorporating numerous Chinook designs including a stone column representing the support of the main roof beam of a typical plank house and bearing the word qiyawaqilxam, the name of the ancient Chinook "middle village" at the site. Other tribal elements include the outline of a plank house and its fire pits, recognition of the ancient name of the Chinook Village and distinctive artwork and reproductions of Chinook culture including tools and artifacts recreated in bronze and placed throughout the site.
Construction of the park will likely begin in late winter or early next spring. See related story on Page A2.