Photographer's Note

This Burial Canoe Replica is located on Coxcomb Hill in Astoria, Oregon where the Astoria Column whose photo I posted previously is. It is a Symbolic Memorial dedicated by Coboway's descendants April 12, 1961.

Chief Comcomly was one of the Chiefs of the Chinook Tribe at the time of Lewis and Clark. He was born ca.1770 and died in 1829 or 1830, and during his lifetime he was a trader, navigator, and benefactor of the early Astorians and the Hudson's Bay Company. Comcomly first appears in the historic record in the journal of Captain Charles Bishop of the British ship Ruby which wintered in Bakerís Bay from December 1795 to January 1796. Lewis and Clark first met him in November 1805.

Comcomly, more correctly Coboway, Clatsop Leader, known to Lewis and Clark honored and respected by the founding Astorians, The Northwesters and the Hudson's Bay Fur Traders. The captains made him a gift of Fort Clatsop when they departed March 1806 and he apparently occupied the structure for several years. His grandson, Silas B. Smith, assisted Olin D. Wheeler in locating the fort site in 1899.

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