Chinook Point

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Chinook Point
Astoria and Saddle Mountain from Chinook Point.jpg
View from Fort Columbia across the mouth of the Columbia River to Astoria, Oregon, and Saddle Mountain.
Chinook Point is located in Washington (state)
Chinook Point
Nearest city Chinook, Washington
Built 1792
NRHP Reference # 66000747
Significant dates
Added to NRHP October 15, 1966[1]
Designated NHL July 4, 1961[2]

Chinook Point is a headland in Pacific County, Washington. Captain Robert Gray, the first non-native to enter the Columbia River, saw the river from Chinook Point in 1792. His explorations gave the United States a strong position in its later territorial contests with Great Britain.[3]

In November 1805, members of the Lewis and Clark Expedition camped at Chinook Point.

It was the site of US military gun emplacements during World War II.[4]

It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1961.[2][4]

It is now part or all of Fort Columbia State Park, which is in turn part of Lewis and Clark National and State Historical Parks.


  1. ^ National Park Service (2007-01-23). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b "Chinook Point". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Retrieved 2008-03-01. 
  3. ^ Brokenshire, Doug (1993). Washington State Place Names. Caxton Press. p. 47. ISBN 9780870045622. 
  4. ^ a b Cecil McKithan (October 10, 1977). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: Chinook Point" (pdf). National Park Service.  and Accompanying six photos, from 1977. (32 KB)

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Coordinates: 46°15′5″N 123°55′19″W / 46.25139°N 123.92194°W / 46.25139; -123.92194