The story behind the Dismal Nitch

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty
By Todd Clark (Broker/Sales Coach) 503-524-9494

A couple Saturdays ago I posted a "I don't feel like typing Saturdays" post with a picture of the Dismal Nitch and asked if you career was in one? But, because of that post I was asked by many, where it was and what it was all about. I have to admit when I stopped to get that at that sign, I didn't realize how important that spot was in America's history, but instead of what was supposed to be a 30 second stop for a great picture turned in to a 30 minute stop reading up on the Lewis and Clark Expedition.

Dismal Nitch

You see the Dismal Nitch was the last stop before the group was supposed to meet up with supply ships off the Pacific Coast, but what Lewis and Clark didn't expect was one of the worst storms to hit the Pacific Coast. This storm trapped them on the Columbia River at a spot they named the Dismal Nitch.

The storm was so bad that the Lewis said it was only the second time he was worried about the corp since the beginning of the trip. The storm was so bad that the group actually did end being stuck on that group of rocks for 10 days and missed the supply ships. They did survive, but barely and thanks to a non-profit group, the last stop before Lewis and Clark reached the Pacific Ocean and reached their exploration goals, the longest stop on their journey has been preserved for others to view.

There are many historical places located around Astoria, Oregon, the Dismal Nitch is just one of them, though located on the Washington side of the Columbia, there are many, many places to stop and find out about Lewis and Clark many with hiking trails and you could easily spend 2-3 days if you want to hit every spot in the area that Lewis and Clark stopped. But, to find out the history of the Pacific Northwest and the journey of Lewis and Clark, I suggest you stop in the the most Northwest point of our state and check out our rich history and what that trip meant to the United States and trade with the east.

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Amy McAllister
REALTOR Hood River, Oregon
Amy McAllister Realty LLC

Thank you Todd for this interesting bit of history. I had not heard of Dismal Nitch before, what a name, though sounds like it's fitting.

November 16, 2009 10:12 PM
Charles Stallions
800-309-3414 - Pensacola, Pace or Gulf Breeze, Fl.
Charles Stallions Real Estate Services

Very interesting Todd, a history lesson here in the rain go figure. Sounds like a neat place to visit if one was near by.

November 16, 2009 10:51 PM
Fred Carver
Accredited Victoria Real Estate Consultant
Re/Max Camosun Real Estate

Hi Todd...Love history, thanks for the follow up.


November 17, 2009 12:40 AM
Jim Hale
On the Move for You! - Eugene - Springfield Oregon Real Estate

Parts of the Lewis and Clark story really were dismal.  That they survived at all is surprising.  That they kept their sense of humor and mental balance is inspiring.

November 18, 2009 04:27 AM
Gary Swanson
RE/MAX Ideal Brokers, Inc.

Thanks for the post Todd.  I've lived in Oregon for over 40 years and have spent a lot of time in Astoria and Fort Stevens and somehow the Dismal Nitch escaped me.

November 18, 2009 10:12 AM

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