What happened in the past may be immutable fact, but what we call history is largely an interpretation through the lens of the current generation. The story of Sacajawea has been reinterpreted continuously for over 200 years. Here's the Department of Highways version from 1940, as captured for our enlightenment by Alva Day.
Every member of the Lewis and Clark expedition would have had a different story or vision of Sacajawea. But we do know for sure that calling her a squaw today would be politically incorrect.
Buzz on 30th October 2018 @ 7:58am
And that's not the only awkward phrase. "Enduring uncomplainingly"? Whew, what a mouthful.
TBird on 30th October 2018 @ 8:27am
Yes and interesting life, but her son was the one I find so interesting. "Pom" lived with Clark back east and Clark gave him a very fine education. In fact during the Mexican War he was a scout for the United States. He was fluent in French, English, German and naturally Shoshone his mother's language.
Sacajawea also had a daughter named Lizette, but nothing is known of her after she was about 3 years old.
Charlott on 30th October 2018 @ 8:52am
Any idea where this sign existed? Roads other than interstates still have interesting historical signs but I do not remember this one.
Kenn on 30th October 2018 @ 9:01am
ODOT tells me they have never been called "Department of Highways." Washington state did have a "Department of Highways" at some point. Or maybe Alva Day was traveling east on the trail.
Arthur on 30th October 2018 @ 10:41am
There is Sacajawea State Park at Pasco, WA where the Snake enters the Columbia. It was established in 1931.
Could that possibly be the location of the sign?
L.E. on 30th October 2018 @ 1:37pm
The name US Department of Transportation only dates back into the sixties. The Department of Highways may have been an early predecessor.
Longshot on 31st October 2018 @ 6:07am
Thinking about the comment, “most dramatic female figure in the history of the northwest”, I have to somewhat disagree. Madame Marie Dorian, interpreter for the Hunt Overland Party was also an amazing woman in early northwest history.
L.E. on 4th November 2018 @ 6:21pm