Clark and Ten-Foot-Long Dead Fish.

Clark and Ten-Foot-Long Dead Fish

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Long Beach, Washington

When the Lewis and Clark expedition reached the Pacific shore in the future state of Washington in November of 1805, Clark took a walk along the beach. In his journal he wrote, "I saw a Sturgeon which had been thrown on Shore and left by the tide 10 feet in length." 200 years later, sculptor Jim Demetro decided to immortalize that moment in bronze. He finished the fish -- which weighs half a ton -- and then the project ran out of money. Scrambling, he managed to cobble together enough funds to pay for his bronze statue of Clark. "The sturgeon itself looked a little lonely," he said at the time.

Monument.

Both statues were unveiled on the supposed spot of the Clark-fish encounter on June 22, 2005.

Clark and Ten-Foot-Long Dead Fish

Address:
1805 Bolstad Ave., Long Beach, WA
Directions:
From WA-103/Pacific Ave. turn west at the stoplight onto Bolstad Ave. Drive to the beach and park at the picnic pavilion on the right. Just past the pavilion, follow the paved trail north about 500 feet. You'll see a black monolith on the left; the statues are just behind it.
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