The Cannery at”Dismal Nitch”

In 1805 the Lewis and Clark Expedition Corps of Discovery were low on supplies and traveling rapidly down the Columbia River, intending to meet one of the last trading ships of the season, hoping to secure needed supplies and to send back journals and specimens home as requested by President Jefferson. On November 10, 1805, a severe winter storm struck the area, forcing them off the river for six days and preventing them from meeting the supply ships. The group landed in a cove on the north bank of the river that Captain William Clark called in his journals “that dismal little nitch.” After the storm passed the company moved to Station Camp on the west side of Point Ellice, and camped at that location for 10 days before relocating for the winter to the location of current-day Astoria.

In the 1870s and 1880s, Joseph G. Megler operated a fish buying station on the east side of Point Ellice in Clark’s “Dismal Nitch”, and it in time became known as Megler Cove.

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“Low Tide” by Ken Ketchum. This is what is left of Megler’s cannery.Taken in 2011

 

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