As you travel up the Columbia River from Portland, Oregon along Highway 14, there is some hidden history in Washougal, Washington.
Two Rivers Heritage Museum is a nice historical stop here in town, with artifacts to puzzle over and to explore. Walk a street over from there and tour the Pendleton Woolen Mill, then get ready for a real walk back in time as you leave the Mill Store steps and turn left.
Here is the pedestrian tunnel that leads to the Columbia River. Inside is the result of work by local teens and many others on The Petroglyph Project.
Washougal’s Captain William Clark Park is a walkway along the Columbia featuring many interpretive signs where you can learn more about the indigenous residents of the area, the history of Lewis and Clark, and the native plants and animals you might encounter as you travel the trail.
Do you have time to walk a little farther? Cottonwood Beach, part of this trail, is well worth the half mile or so walk farther up the river, though I didn’t have time this day to visit the park, with its great signs, structures and sculptures telling stories of the river and the surrounding communities.
Is there hidden history in your town? We’d love to hear about it!