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Seaside in Clatsop County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)
 

Gilbert Inn - 1892

Historic Home of Alexandre Gilbert

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, September 23, 2017
1. Gilbert Inn - 1892 Marker
Inscription. Alexandre Gilbert, one of the founding fathers of Seaside, was born in the coastal town of LaRochelle, France on April 16, 1845, the son of Frank and Mary Gilbert. At the age of twenty-four and just prior to the Franco-Prussian war (1870-71), Alexandre married Emma Loncol in Paris, France, on January 22, 1869. In 1871, after the war, the Gilberts immigrated to San Francisco, California.
In San Francisco, Alexandre developed his skills as a carpenter and cabinet maker. He also built and established the Gilbert House, a hotel and boarding house;
Learning in 1881 that land was "cheap" in Oregon, the Gilberts move north to Astoria.
Struck by the rugged beauty of the Oregon coast and the resemblance to his native France, he saw great potential and spent the next 54 years helping to develop businesses, property, and communities in the area.
One of his greatest achievements was the 1 1/2 mile Promenade. Alexandre wanted the beach to remain open to the public, so he acquired the property and then donated it to the city. He also developed the downtown business district called the Gilbert Block. He was Mayor of Seaside during the 1912 fire that burned most of the city, and is credited with the leadership needed to turn this horrific event into an opportunity to rebuild Seaside with an emphasis on permanent concrete buildings.
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By Barry Swackhamer, September 23, 2017
2. Gilbert Inn and Marker

In his life, Alexandre worked as a soldier, carpenter, hotel and boarding house operator, saloon operator, insurance and real estate salesman, Port of Astoria commissioner, French consul, and Mayor of Seaside.
It has been said of Alexandre that he was "a fine representative of the solid and sustainable business men of Clatsop County" and "a man of great enterprise and forethought," "...a citizen of affluence and influence."
His family simply says, "He was loved."
 
Erected by City of Seaside.
 
Location. 45° 59.532′ N, 123° 55.746′ W. Marker is in Seaside, Oregon, in Clatsop County. Marker is on Beach Drive near Avenue A. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 341 Beach Drive, Seaside OR 97138, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Tsunami (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Site of the Lewis and Clark Salt Camp (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Saltworks (approx. 0.6 miles away); Lewis & Clark Salt Cairn (approx. 0.6 miles away); A Convenient Place for Making Salt (approx. 0.8 miles away); Ekkoli: A Whale of a Tale
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By Barry Swackhamer, September 23, 2017
3. Gilbert Inn
(approx. 4.8 miles away); Ecola (approx. 5.7 miles away); "Cannon Beach" (approx. 5.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Seaside.
 
More about this marker. The marker is on the Avenue A side of the property.
 
Also see . . .  A Brief Biography of Alexandre Gilbert - The Gilbert District. The Gilbert Inn is in Seaside, Oregon. It was in the Gilbert family and used as their private beach home until the 1970s. It has been operated as a bed and breakfast inn since the 1980s under three owners. (Submitted on February 8, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
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4. Alexandre Gilbert
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 8, 2018. This page originally submitted on February 8, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 73 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on February 8, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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