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Cathlamet Historical Marker


Location of sign - Located in front of the courthouse in Cathlamet, Washington.


Photo taken -  June 2007


Cathlamet Historical Marker, Washington

Photo courtesy of Jimmy Wayne


Text of sign:



This site, long the home and hunting ground of the Indian was first sighted by white man in 1792 when Lt Broughton was sent by

Capt Vancouver to verify Gray's reported discovery of the Columbia, and visited by Lewis and Clark in 1805 on their Northwest


Here the tribes of Cathlamet and Wahkiakum gathered, lived, and passed on.  

To this frontier in 1846 impelled by beauty of river and forest came James Birnie, formerly of Hudson's Bay Company.  Here he 

built his home and called it Birnie's Retreat.  With the coming of other settlers, he named this site Cathlamet.


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