History of Clark’s Tree

“Clark’s Tree” was a project designed to better unite the communities along the Columbia River involved with the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Commemoration.

The City of Long Beach commissioned sculptor Stanley Wanlass to create a 20-foot tall bronze statue of a windswept tree. In October 2003, the sclupture took its place along Discovery Trail – an eight-mile paved coastal path stretching from Ilwaco to Long Beach. The tree is the artist’s interpretation of the tree William Clark carved his initials in on Nov. 19, 1805.

Rather than having Clark’s Tree sent directly from Utah to Long Beach, the City brought it down the Columbia River on an open platform boat, starting on Sept. 20 and 21, 2003 in Clarkston – the beginning of the Lewis and Clark Trail in Washington, with stops in Richland, Hood River, Portland, Vancouver, Longview, and Astoria. The journey found its completion in Ilwaco on October 11 and 12, 2003 with installation occuring over the next several days…