Sam Mckinney

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Sam McKinney is coordinator of the Columbia River Heritage Program at the Oregon Historical Society. His recent book, Reach of Tide, Ring of History , was published by the Oregon Historical Society Press.

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April 1988

The United States established its claim to the Pacific Northwest in 1792, when a fur trader named Robert Gray became the first man to sail up the Columbia River. Almost two centuries later the author made his own voyage of discovery.