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The Lewis and Clark Monument on the Promenade in Seaside

The Lewis and Clark Monument on the Promenade in Seaside

Seaside is Oregon's premier beach town, a bit tacky in places and often crowded, but fun. The main drag runs straight out to the beach and ends in a circle with a statue of Lewis and Clark in the middle. The sculpture is entitled "End of the Trail" because it was near here that the Corps of Discovery, sent out by President Thomas Jefferson to explore across the continent, first saw the Pacific Ocean. Additionally, Seaside was where they made a camp to boil seawater and produce salt, necessary to preserve meat for the journey home.

Seaside, Oregon

Date photographed: August 5, 2014
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The Beach Front Promenade in Seaside

The Beach Front Promenade in Seaside

Six-story condo blocks line the central part of the beach at Seaside, flanking the touristy main drag Broadway. The Seaside Promenade, a mile and half long, was donated by the city's original developer.

Seaside, Oregon

Date photographed: August 5, 2014
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Intersection of Broadway and Columbia in Seaside

Intersection of Broadway and Columbia in Seaside

The commercial district along Broadway in Seaside caters to family vacationers, especially weekenders from Portland.

Seaside, Oregon

Date photographed: August 5, 2014
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The carousel in Seaside

The carousel in Seaside

A carousel is a special challenge for a panoramic photographer. Not only is the subject rotating past, but parts of it are also going up and down.

Seaside, Oregon

Date photographed: August 5, 2014
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Broadway Bridge over the Necanicum River that runs behind Seaside

Broadway Bridge over the Necanicum River that runs behind Seaside

The heart of Seaside lies on the strip of flat sandy ground between the tidal Necanicum River channel and the broad beach.

Seaside, Oregon

Date photographed: August 5, 2014
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The Clatsop Giant, a Sitka spruce that was once Oregon's largest tree

The Clatsop Giant, a Sitka spruce that was once Oregon's largest tree

It is the nature of tallest trees to be eventually, often quickly, superseded as their tops die, break off in storms, or are struck by lightning. This tree, also known as the Klootchy Creek Sitka Spruce Giant, was once recognized as the largest Sitka spruce in the US and the largest tree of any kind in Oregon. It was 200 feet tall and 17 feet in diameter, with a crown spread of 93 feet. But on December 2, 2007 a windstorm broke the massive trunk off at the eighty foot level. More was removed later by the park department in the interests of safety.

Klootchy Creek Park, near Seaside, Oregon

Date photographed: August 5, 2014
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Hemlock and spruce forest at Klootchy Creek Park near Seaside

Hemlock and spruce forest at Klootchy Creek Park near Seaside

The area around the famous Big Spruce tree on Klootchy Creek was maintained as a private park by the Crown Zellerbach lumber company until it was sold in 1988 to the county. It has been expanded to 25 acres, with access to the Necanicum RIver.

Klootchy Creek Park, near Seaside, Oregon

Date photographed: August 5, 2014
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