Ocean in View Nickel
The second reverse design of 2005 shows a view of the Pacific Ocean, the goal that the Lewis and Clark Expedition reached after more than a year of hard travel. The scene surrounds a quote written by Captain Clark: “Ocean in view! O! The joy!” This design is based on a photograph by Andrew E. Cier of Astoria, Oregon.
Hopes were dashed when the Expedition proved that the Missouri River was not part of a Northwest Passage across the continent by water and that there were two mountain ranges to cross instead of one. Still, less than a century later, the continent was crossed by telegraph and railroad lines that brought the eastern and western coasts together in ways hard to imagine in Lewis and Clark’s time. Today, with cars, airplanes, telephones, and computers, the distance between coasts seems even shorter…but the steps that Lewis and Clark took were among the first to bring them so close together.