Day 23 – The Lewis and Clark Portland, Oregon Spoon

On January 23, 1806, exactly 210 years ago, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark were camped out at Fort Clatsop along the Pacific Coast, close to what would eventually become Pacific Beach, Oregon. According to their journals, they were spending a lot of time documenting plants.

About 110 years later, my grandmother met my grandfather in this same area, when her mother was trading with the native tribes on the coast and my grandfather was in the Army’s Spruce division. They fell in love, and got married in Portland.

My grandfather, Edgar M. Phelps, about 1915.
My great-grandmother, Sarah Belle Phegley Cook, and my grandmother, Eva Janet Cook Phelps, in 1915.

Today’s spoon commemorates Lewis and Clark’s expedition to the Pacific, as well as Portland, my family’s home in the early 20th century.

The sterling sliver spoon has a hand painted bowl depicting Mount Hood, and the handle is in the shape of a Chinook salmon. No maker’s mark, but I’m guessing it was made in the early 1900s.

Back side of the Lewis and Clark spoon shows Mount Hood and a boat, along with a Columbia River Salmon.
The front of the spoon, with Lewis and Clark’s portraits and a miner.
The hand painted bowl of the spoon shows Mount Hood (11,932 feet).