Tree arrival ceremony

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Ilwaco mayor Ed Leonard presents a plaque to Stan and Colleen Anderson, who provided the barge, Vision 1, that transported "Clark's Tree" from Clarkston to Ilwaco. The 20-foot-tall bronze sculpture commissioned for the Discovery Trail received a grand welcome by 125 Peninsula residents and visitors at the Ilwaco Marina Saturday, Oct. 11. The 40-minute Saturday ceremony featured greetings from Mack Funk, Port of Ilwaco manager and emcee for the event, plus comments from Leonard, City of Long Beach Mayor Dale Jacobson, "Clark's Tree" artist Stan Wanlass, Anderson, retired Sen. Sid Snyder, and Robert C. Petersen, State Parks commissioner. Author and historian Rex Ziak related how Lewis and Clark expedition members carved their names on three different trees in Pacific County. Jacobson described how the idea for the sculpture developed and the search for funding to carry off the project. Parks Commissioner Petersen announced that, henceforth, Fort Canby State Park will be designated Cape Disappointment State Park. Despite the windy, wet weather, the large crowd seemed to enjoy the homecoming celebration for the tree.

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