I found it ironic to see this entry
tonight, since I almost bought the book 'Sacajawea' in the gift shop at Cape Disappointment this weekend.
(One of the reasons I didn't buy it was the size: Huge. Unfortunately I figured I'd never finish it, so I got a lovely little book written about the Corps of Discovery through the eyes of the Newfoundland Seaman, 'The Captain's Dog.')
Aside from having visited this spot over the holiday weekend, last week during my road trip to Astoria I ended up talking about Sacagawea with my two travel companions, a pair of ignorant white eyes. First I told them the correct pronounciation of her name (not "Sack-a-ja-wea," as we were taught in school), then I talked about how she was a hero of mine as a teenager. In fact, when I tried out for the Rose Festival Court my senior year, I was asked who my favorite historical character was, and I said Sacagawea, the Bird Woman who traveled with Lewis & Clark.
One of the men I was with had told a story about his grandmother having watched a statue of Sacagawea being placed at the turnaround in Seaside, where it was unfortunately dropped and broken. There's a statue of Lewis & Clark and Seaman at this spot, and I can't confirm the story about a previous statue right now . . . but maybe later I'll research it. It seems statues of the Shoshone heroine have had an even tougher life than she did.
On Sunday we drove past Lake Sacajawea Park in Longview on our way to the coast, one of the truly beautiful city center parks. (Here's
a nice blog entry about that site.) I vaguely remember hearing the lifesized statue in the park was stolen at one time.
While I was looking around for a photo of a local statue, I found an article about the Fort Clatsop Sacagawea statue that was stolen and then broken up for scrap metal a couple years ago. The image below is supposedly its replacement.