For more than a century Crater Lake National Park has laid claim to being Oregon's only national park.
It appears that claim will soon come to an end. Capping a series of celebrations of explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, the Senate Wednesday approved a bill establishing the Lewis and Clark National Historical Park in Oregon and Washington state.
The Senate also approved a bill to expand the boundaries of Mount Rainier National Park in Washington state by roughly 800 acres, the largest expansion in more than 70 years.
The Lewis and Clark bill now goes to the House, which approved a similar measure in July. The Rainier bill goes to President Bush for his signature. The Senate votes on both bills were unanimous.
The Lewis and Clark bill would expand and rename Fort Clatsop National Memorial in Oregon and add three sites along the lower Columbia River, bringing the federal park for the first time into Washington state.
The Bush administration proposed the Lewis and Clark park in February, calling it a fitting way to mark the bicentennial of the famous expedition to the Pacific Ocean.
While the Lewis and Clark-led Corps of Discovery spent the winter of 1805-06 in Fort Clatsop, the expedition traveled widely over the region.