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A special designation recognizes the Columbia County seat's historic connection to the Lewis and Clark Expedition.

PMG PHOTO: ANNA DEL SAVIO - St. Helens City Hall.St. Helens City Hall says that the National Park Service has recognized St. Helens as a participant in its Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail Sustainable Community Partnership Program.

The designation, which was announced on Aug. 5, is in honor of St. Helens' historic connection to the Corps of Discovery Expedition, better known as the 1803 Lewis and Clark Expedition.

A news release from the city government states, "In order to qualify for this designation, the National Park Service requires that a community demonstrates its connection to the Corps of Discovery and that the connection is showcased and celebrated in a public way."

As a community partner, the news release says, St. Helens will act as a steward in growing the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail Geotourism project.

As a result of the designation, St. Helens will receive tourism marketing support and resources to help educate visitors and residents about the community's connection to the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail.

Administered by the National Park Service, the famed trail is more than 4,900 miles long and takes in 16 states and several tribal lands.

In 1978, the Lewis and Clark Historic Trail was designated by Congress to commemorate the Corps of Discovery Expedition, which took place from 1803 to 1806. More information on the trail can be found on the trail's website.

Additional information on the Sustainable Community Partnership can be found at lewisandclark.travel/partner-community-program.


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