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Tale of early Indian featured in 'Footsteps' lecture

Aaron Webster (Courtesy Fort Clatsop)
Saturday, March 9, 2019

The story of George Ramsay, an Indian who lived near the mouth of the Columbia River at the time of Lewis and Clark’s visit, is the subject of the next “In Their Footsteps” talk.

The free event is set for 1 p.m. Sunday, March 17, in the Netul River Room at the Fort Clatsop Visitor Center.

The talk will be presented by Aaron Webster, a Cape Disappointment State Park Ranger who has worked at the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center for 16 years.

Webster has a passion for storytelling as a way to illuminate lesser-known pieces of the region’s history. Ramsay may have been the son of a European sailor in the late 1700s and, by some accounts, lived long enough to meet the Wilkes Expedition in 1841. His story illustrates the triumph and tragedy of the fur trade era, Webster says. 

In Their Footsteps is a monthly forum sponsored by the Lewis & Clark National Park Association and the park.

For more information, call the park at 503-861-2471.

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