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New Sacajawea Sculpture Unveiled at Richland Wye

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RICHLAND, Wash.- Thanks to a donation by Columbia Center Rotary, the landscape at the Richland Wye is changing with a new statue.

If you read through Lewis and Clark's journals you'll see that the spot marked by a new statue is as far as they came up the Columbia River on their journey west.

The statue depicts Sacajawea, the young native American girl who traveled with Lewis and Clark, and her child staring across the confluence of the Columbia and Yakima rivers.  

Columbia Center Rotary hired renowned local sculptor Tom McClelland to put his own historic touch on his latest creation.   

"Being a student of history, one thing I've learned is that history is largely what you make of it, so of course, future generations and how they interact with that piece will have a lot to do with that," said McLelland.

The statue will also serve as a visual reminder of the Columbia Basin's impact on America's history as people pass by on the adjacent Sacajawea Trail.  

The Rotary raised about $75,000 to get the project done and also added a new patio and dividing wall to the picnic area at the park.