Man of Vision - The Muhlenberg Monument. Muhlenberg College, Allentown, Pennsylvania.
No place on earth has a more intense relationship with the sea and the river than this area located at the confluence of the Columbia River and the Pacific Ocean. Many retired and active members of the Coast Guard live in this lower Columbia region. Many families depend on the water for their livelihood. All those who live within sight of the "Graveyard of the Pacific" know that winter storms may cost the lives of relatives, friends, and loved ones. The Astoria City Council and Mayor Arline LaMear along with former Mayor Willis Van Dusen, the Port of Astoria Director Jim Knight and the Columbia River Maritime Museum have pledged co-operation. On the basis of their enthusiastic response and that of other community leaders of the whole lower Columbia region a new current effort has been launched to make this iconic monument a reality.
On the beach at The Turnaround Seaside, Oregon.
The City of Astoria in conjunction with the Port of Astoria proposes to erect a memorial to all those lost at sea and on the Columbia River bar which is commonly known as The Graveyard Of The Pacific. The memorial will be an heroic bronze figure nearly forty feet tall placed on its own island (accessible by a land-bridge) near the tip of the Astoria Peninsula. The tide will rise and fall around the tiny island, never completely claiming it; and yet, far enough into the water never completely releasing it. Remote from the land and its concerns, the mariner will face toward the sea of which he is now a part.