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Long Beach

This 40 mile side trip follows follows the pacific coast shore and then the bay shore along a slightly crested upland, a region of dairy farms, patches of woodland, cultivated cranberry land, and several small lakes, the joy of bass fishers.

Signs along the route offer fresh oysters for sale, and at intervals the traveler arrives at an oyster farm, its pastures the pungent mud flats of Willapa Bay. The warm, shallow tide creeps twice daily over the flats, bringing the oysters their food and furnishing the peninsula its leading industry.

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A summer resort area on the ocean side of the south end of the North Beach Peninsula. J. L. Stout, founder of Ilwaco, purchased 400 acres there and built a resort hotel which he called Seaview. The name spread to the surrounding settlement. Along the ocean front are a number of beach colonies offering excellent opportunities for sea- and sun-bathing, clam digging, crab catching, deep-sea fishing, horseback riding, and bicycling...

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Shelburne Hotel

It is a summer resort town with events that attract large numbers of tourists. In 1881, H. H. Tinker named the place when he built a large hotel. This hard, sandy beach faces the Pacific Ocean and is three hundred feet wide at low tide. While much of the beach is open year round to vehicles, the beach is a designated state highway with a speed limit of 25 mph.

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Lewis and Clark Monument

Mile: 2

A resort area and an Ilwaco Railroad station at the northern boundary of the town of Long Beach in the late 1890s and early 1900s. The Tioga Hotel was the focus of the resort and gave the railroad station its name. J.M. Arthur, proprietor of the hotel later built the Breakers Hotel in 1901. Tioga is an Iroquois Indian word meaning "where it forks." Tioga is now within the city...

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Mile: 3

A resort community. George T. and Hannah Easterbrook settled nearby in the late fall of 1853. Richard and Mary Carruthers settled on land south of Easterbrook's in 1854. Both families filed for Donation Land Claims which are now part of various ocean side subdivisions. The name was given by developers of the first subdivision. Oceanside was an unscheduled Ilwaco railroad stop between 1908 and 1930.

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Mile: 5

A life-saving station operated there for some years by the Coast Guard. This Indian name, meaning sunset was chosen by Capt. Theodore Conic, of the U.S. Coast Guard. The earliest buildings constituting the Klipsan Beach Life Station were constructed in 1891 with the last structure, the radio tower, erected in 1931. At different times, the station served both the Coast Guard and the Navy until, in 1947, the government moved...

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Klipsan Beach Life Saving Station

Mile: 9

Near numerous oyster beds, is the site of a large oyster cannery. In 1889 Nahcotta became the northern terminal of a narrow-gauge railroad now abandoned, which once constituted the transportation system of the peninsula. Oyster shells are still seen piled high at Nahcotta’s harbor, testimony to the continued importance of the plentiful beds. At one time there were two adjoining towns. The south side was platted as Nachotta and the...

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Mile: 13

The most northerly settlement on the peninsula, was founded in 1854, and became the seat of Pacific County in 1861. For a while oystering prospered, but the town declined when parasites and pollution of the waters caused severe losses. The rival town of South Bend, pointing to promised railroad connections, won the county seat in 1892. In the long dispute that followed, Oysterville protested that railroad workers had been illegally...

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Oysterville Historic District

Mile: 16