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Historical Markers in Pacific County, Washington

 
Clickable Map of Pacific County, Washington and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil; HMdb.org; J.J.Prats/dc:title> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Usa_counties_large.svg Pacific County, WA (22) Grays Harbor County, WA (12) Lewis County, WA (9) Wahkiakum County, WA (3) Clatsop County, OR (61)  PacificCounty(22) Pacific County (22)  GraysHarborCounty(12) Grays Harbor County (12)  LewisCounty(9) Lewis County (9)  WahkiakumCounty(3) Wahkiakum County (3)  ClatsopCountyOregon(61) Clatsop County (61)
South Bend is the county seat for Pacific County
Adjacent to Pacific County, Washington
      Grays Harbor County (12)  
      Lewis County (9)  
      Wahkiakum County (3)  
      Clatsop County, Oregon (61)  
 
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1Washington (Pacific County), Chinook — A Collision of Cultures / How Did They Live?
A Collision of Cultures First they came by sea and then by land - the Euro-American presence swelled through the region. The newcomers brought strange illnesses, like smallpox and malaria, and unwittingly spread plagues of death to the . . . Map (db m177402) HM
2Washington (Pacific County), Chinook — Columbia River Explorers
Here the Columbia River, the mightiest river flowing into the Pacific Ocean from the American continents, ends its journey. Native people have lived along the banks of this river and fished its waters for thousands of years. Euro-American . . . Map (db m177312) HM
3Washington (Pacific County), Chinook — 11 — Fort Columbia
Here was the home of the Chinook Indians and their great chief, Comcomly. Capt. Robert Gray dropped anchor near here after his discovery of the Columbia River in 1792. In the days of the fur trade this area was witness to many stirring . . . Map (db m125769) HM
4Washington (Pacific County), Chinook — How Do These Stories Continue?
The Chinook people remember the significance of Qiqayaqilxam and have handed this knowledge down through the generations. They continue to live along the lower Columbia River and cherish this place. Their old ways — from art and language to fishing . . . Map (db m177356) HM
5Washington (Pacific County), Chinook — In Search of Recognition
After the U.S. government's failure to ratify the Tansy Point treaties signed by chiefs of five Chinookan tribes, the Chinook continued to hold tightly to their identity as a tribe and to their homeland. In 1855 on the Chehalis River, Washington . . . Map (db m177353) HM
6Washington (Pacific County), Chinook — St. Mary's Church
In 1904, P.J. McGowan donated the land and paid for the construction of a Catholic church. Built of Port Orford cedar, the church sat 150 worshippers. In the town's heyday, many families lived and worked here. After the cannery moved and fish traps . . . Map (db m177352) HM
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7Washington (Pacific County), Chinook — The Business of Trade
The Chinook commanded the mouth of the Columbia and lands up the coast to Willapa Bay in the north and down the coast to Tillamook head in the south going back centuries. They lived at the heart of a vast trade network, and served as middlemen, who . . . Map (db m177358) HM
8Washington (Pacific County), Chinook — The Search for the Northwest Passage / Jefferson's Mission Accomplished
The Search for the Northwest Passage How did Euro-Americans lay claim to this place? For centuries, explorers sent by European nations with imperial ambitions sought the Northwest Passage — a navigable sea route connecting the Atlantic and . . . Map (db m177405) HM
9Washington (Pacific County), Chinook — Welcome to Middle Village
This place — where river meets ocean – is one of many stories. The Chinook people lived here at Qiqayaqilxam, or Middle Village, for countless generations. Qiqayaqilxam is one of several villages that stretched from Cape Disappointment to Pillar . . . Map (db m177411) HM
10Washington (Pacific County), Chinook — What Are the First Stories of This Place?
The Chinook people have lived along the Pacific Coast for countless generations — in fact, the Chinook say their ancestors were here at the end of the last ice age, when the waters and forests were very different. The people of this place would have . . . Map (db m177409) HM
11Washington (Pacific County), Ilwaco — A Disastrous Year
Sailing a ship into the narrow channel at the mouth of the Columbia River was always dangerous and often deadly. Sailing ships would frequently be forced to wait for days and sometimes weeks for the weather to be right to "cross the bar." Even . . . Map (db m116577) HM
12Washington (Pacific County), Ilwaco — An Evolving Playground
In the past two centuries there have been many changes at Beard's Hollow. Historically, the Chinook Indians visited the tide pools near the water's edge to collect sea life for food and shells to use as tools and decorations. When the Lewis and . . . Map (db m116578) HM
13Washington (Pacific County), Ilwaco — Cape Disappointment Lighthouse
The lighthouse has watched over the entrance of the Columbia River since was first lit on October 15, 1856. It stands fifty-three feet tall, has a focal plane of 220 feet above the sea, and tapers from a diameter of fourteen feet four inches at . . . Map (db m116607) HM
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14Washington (Pacific County), Ilwaco — Clamshell Railroad Driving Tour
"It is estimated that with two canneries, the lumbering, cranberry and railroad interests centering at Ilwaco annually put into circulation at this town about $600,000. This is a solid town and is entitled to the attention of all visitors to . . . Map (db m116580) HM
15Washington (Pacific County), Ilwaco — Fort CanbyIn Defense of the Columbia River
The U.S. Army constructed Fort Canby, along with Fort Columbia and Fort Stevens, to defend the entrance to the Columbia River from enemy warships. U.S. Army troops manned the forts from the mid-19th century until the end of World War II. The . . . Map (db m116597) HM
16Washington (Pacific County), Ilwaco — Keeping Pace with TechnologyFort Canby
The fort had barracks for the men, cottages for officers and their families, and a large residence for the commanding officer. Other buildings included the post exchange, which was much like a general store, and the guardhouse, which served as . . . Map (db m116595) HM
17Washington (Pacific County), Ilwaco — Lewis and Clark Trail
November 18, Monday 1805 William Clark recorded in his journal that on this date: "I set out with 10 men and my man York to the ocian by land.... (later in the day) … I found Capt. Lewis name on a tree. I also engraved my name.... I . . . Map (db m120771) HM
18Washington (Pacific County), Ilwaco — Life of a Lighthouse Keeper
Working and Living on North Head Lighthouse keepers maintained the North Head Lighthouse from 1898 until its automation in 1961. Keeping the light burning 365 days a year was arduous, repetitive work. Keepers carried gallons of oil up . . . Map (db m116574) HM
19Washington (Pacific County), Menlo — 1857
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20Washington (Pacific County), Menlo — 9 — Willie Keil Grave
On the hill behind is the grave of Willie Keil, nineteen year old son of Dr. William Keil, leader of the Bethel Colony that came west to settle here in November, 1855. Willie was to have driven the leading team in the wagon train which was to . . . Map (db m129100) HM
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21Washington (Pacific County), Raymond — Raymond Public Library
Registered National Historic Place Washington State Advisory Council on Historic Preservation Raymond Public Library Under the provisions of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, this property possesses exceptional . . . Map (db m197148) HM
22Washington (Pacific County), South Bend — Pacific County Courthouse
Registered National Historic Place Washington State Advisory Council on Historic Preservation Pacific County Courthouse Under the provisions of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, this property possesses . . . Map (db m129143) HM
 
 
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Nov. 29, 2022