Chainsaw Sculpture at Station Camp

photo: the chainsaw sculpture

J. Agee photo

This chainsaw sculpture of Lewis and Clark was created by Fred Bero, of Ilwaco, Washington. For many years, it was located at the site of "Station Camp," two miles west of the Washington end of the Astoria-Megler Bridge. It stood in the town of Long Beach until the mid-1990s, when it was replaced with a bronze sculpture by Stanley Wanlass.

Representing a blend of Euroamerican and Indian styles, it serves as a reminder that over the past 200 years the story of the expedition has been preserved not just by scholars but also by local artists and storytellers. However, wood decays quickly in the moist coastal climate, so many people felt that the story in general, and this site in particular, deserved a more permanent memorial.