Civil War General George McClellan failed in the Cascades
Originally aired: Wednesday, March 15, 2017
It was back in March 1853 when Washington Territory was carved from Oregon Territory. That same year, Isaac Stevens was appointed Washington Territory's first governor.
When Stevens headed west across the country to Olympia to assume his new job, he made the trip a bit of a "two-fer-one." At the behest of Secretary of War Jefferson Davis, Stevens led a team of surveyors and engineers on a government-funded expedition to explore and map a potential transcontinental railroad route from the Midwest to the Pacific Coast. While other teams examined routes to the south, Stevens' mandate was to explore what was called the "Northern Pacific" route.