Park in Pendleton Woolen Mills 2 Pendleton Way, Washougal.
A historic tour of Washougal begins at the Two Rivers Heritage Museum, 1 Durgan Street. This charming heritage museum is stuffed to the brim with artifacts and stories depicting early life in the Camas and Washougal communities. Open March – October, Thursday – Sunday from 11am – 3 pm. There is a small admission fee.
Next take a stroll through the Pedestrian Tunnel located on the south side of the Pendleton Woolen Mill parking lot. The sides of the tunnel feature petroglyphs, designed by a local archeologist and art expert, to honor stories told by early residents who relied on the Columbia River as a daily resource.
Head up to the top of the dike where you will be on the Lewis and Clark Heritage Trail. You’ll see the beautiful bronze Broughton Monument inlaid in a basalt slab. It is a replica of a 1926 plaque that commemorates the 1792 exploration of the Columbia River under the command of William R Broughton of the British Royal Navy, detailed by Captain George Vancouver.
Don’t miss a stop by the viewing platform over the river next to Steamboat Landing Park to see the Fire sculpture. It honors the big steamboats of the late 1800s that would carry people and produce from Washougal to Portland Oregon, a critical for local farmers to sell their crops.
Be sure to check out the sign featuring a map of Captain William Clark Park and some historic information about the Corp of Discovery’s visit to Washougal in 1804. If you are up for the three mile up and back hike, continue east to find more historic markers, replica dugout canoes and enjoy stunning views of the Columbia River and Mt. Hood along the trail.
Head back through the tunnel to Pendleton Woolen Mill for a free tour of this historic and iconic manufacturing plant. See the process firsthand from a state-of-the-art dye house, through spinning and weaving, to the finishing of their distinctive blankets. Public tours of the mill for individuals and small groups (under 10 persons) are held Monday through Friday, at 9 am, 10, am 11am, and 1:30 pm. Reservations are not required; however tour spaces are filled on a first come basis. Tours take about 45 minutes. Visit the Mill Store where you can select from Pendleton's array of menswear, womenswear, blankets and fabrics at discounted prices.
Take a short walk up to Main Street for a bite to eat or something to drink. Consult the Discover Guide for your choices. After your stop, check out the bronze Seaman statue at Reflection Plaza, honoring the Newfoundland dog that accompanied the Corp of Discovery. Head east down Main Street to see three murals Cup-napped (1801 Main), depicting a Lewis and Clark story about a rescued bear cub, Eagles over Mountains (1910 Main) and Rings and Scales (1919 Main) a nod to the history of logging and fishing in the community.
If your visit is during business hours, step inside Washougal City Hall to see the Bust of Captain William Clark (sculpture) in the lobby and the peace medal given during the 2004 Lewis and Clark Corp of Discovery reenactment. You’ll also want to stop by the Washougal Community Library and see the mural honoring Princess White Wing on its outside wall.
Revised August 8, 2019
Any trip to Washougal should begin with a look at the Washougal Discover Guide. It provides a map to featured attractions, great food, beverages and coffee shops. You can find them at the Best Western Inn, City of Washougal, Two Rivers Heritage Museum or download a copy at visitwashougal.com/discoverguide.