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Wilkes Campsite


  • Travel Genus: Sight
  • Sight Category: Site

Between December 1840 and January 1841, Wilkes took a contingent of scientists to the summit of Mauna Loa. From Kilauea Crater, the expedition took five days to reach the summit. Once there, a camp was set up with rock walls to buttress tents against the extreme weather conditions, and the expedition could carry out observations and mapping. The expedition mapped the summit region and conducted scientific efforts in the relatively unknown alpine wilderness area. The expedition team was supported by nearly 300 natives who served as porters on the arduous climb to the summit. The contingent broke camp on January 13 and returned to Kilauea leaving the remains of their camp site behind. - NPS


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Timeline

Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
1840/12/11 Admiral Charles Wilkes Expedition Leader Lt Wilkes leads a contingent of scientists to the summit of Mauna Loa, December 1840 and 13 January 1841 United States Exploring Expedition
1840/12/11 James Dwight Dana Mineralogist and Geologist Lt Wilkes leads a contingent of scientists to the summit of Mauna Loa, December 1840 and 13 January 1841 United States Exploring Expedition
1840/12/11 Titian Peale Chief Naturalist Lt Wilkes leads a contingent of scientists to the summit of Mauna Loa, December 1840 and 13 January 1841 United States Exploring Expedition

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Particulars for Wilkes Campsite:
Historic Use Camp
Area of Significance Engineering
Owner Federal
Cultural Affiliation Hawaiian
Area of Significance Historic - aboriginal
Criteria Historic Event
Criteria Information Potential
Area of Significance Military
Level of Significance National
Criteria Person
Area of Significance Science
Sight Category Site
Area of Significance Transportation



US National Registry of Historic Places Data »

Accurate at time of registration:

PLACE DETAILS
Registry Name:
Registry Address:
Registry Number: 74000295
Resource Type:
Owner: Federal
Nominator Name: National Park
CULTURAL DETAILS
Level of Significance: National
Area of Significance: Historic - aboriginal, Transportation, Military, Engineering, Science
Applicable Criteria: Event, Person, Information Potential
Cultural Affiliation: hawaiians
Period of Significance: 1825-1849
Significant Year: 1840, 1841
Associated People: Wilkes,Lt. Charles,USN
Historic Function: Domestic
Historic Sub-Function: Camp
Current Function: Landscape
Current Sub-Function: Park

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