Lewis and Clark's Columbia River
Lewis & Clark's Columbia River - "200 Years Later"
"Fish Station, Mayger, Oregon"
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Image, 2005, Mayger Fishing Station, from Willow Grove, click to enlarge
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Old Net Shed and Fishing Station, Mayger, Oregon, as seen from Willow Grove, Washington. Foggy day. Image taken March 5, 2005.


Old Fishing Station ...
An early 1900s fishing station is located at Mayger, just downstream of Green Point. Good views of the station can be had from across the Columbia at the park at Willow Grove, Washington. In the early 1900s the docks at Mayger contained net sheds and fish-buying stations.   (Note: is this the station belonging to the Union Fisherman's Packing Company ???)

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Image, 2013, Mayger, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Mayger Fish Station, Mayger, Oregon, as seen from Willow Grove, Washington. Overcast gray day. Image taken November 9, 2013.
Image, 2012, Mayger, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Mayger Fish Station, Mayger, Oregon. Overcast gray day. Image taken August 27, 2012.
Image, 2012, Mayger, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Mayger Fish Station, Mayger, Oregon. Overcast gray day. Image taken August 27, 2012.
Image, 2005, Old fishing station, Mayger, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Old fishing station, Mayger, Oregon. Image taken February 21, 2005.
Image, 2005, Mayger Fishing Station, from Willow Grove, click to enlarge
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Old Net Shed and Fishing Station, Mayger, Oregon, as seen from Willow Grove, Washington. Image taken July 28, 2005.


Collapse of the Net Shed ...
Owner plans restaurant, museum at site of toppled Clatskanie dock
The Daily News Online, August 20, 2012, by Amy M.E. Fischer

"A week after part of the century-old Mayger fish station collapsed into the Columbia River near Clatskanie, the property owner said he plans to salvage the old timbers to restore the historic fish packing warehouse into a restaurant and museum.

“There’s a lot of history here. Huge history,” the owner, Jack Davis of Milwaukie, Ore., said Monday.

The evening of Aug. 11, the net shed — a 40-foot-wide, 300-foot-long building where generations of fishermen repaired and prepped their nets — toppled into the water. Davis, 47, said he was told the pilings had been pulled out from beneath it, possibly by a boat witnesses spotted in the area when the shed fell. Other witnesses said a wake may have toppled the building.

“It went like dominoes because it’s built in sections,” Davis said.

But Davis, a former Portland recycling center owner who bought the property in 2004, isn’t upset about the loss of the shed, which was visible from Willow Grove Park’s boat launch across river in Longview. He’d been planning to replace it next summer with a dock, anyway, so boaters would have a place to moor their vessels when they visited the waterfront restaurant and museum he intends to create inside the property’s two-story warehouse.

Davis’s goal is to open next summer. In the meantime, though, the property is listed for sale for $975,000. Davis said he’d only sell to the right buyer who understood and valued the property’s historical significance and had a good plan. He’s also interested in selling the hundreds of enormous old-growth logs submerged on the property in the river that he discovered with ground-penetrating radar, he said.

From 1910 to 1998, fishermen sold millions of pounds of salmon at the fish station, said Davis, who has all the purchase records. Every season for a nearly 50 years, he said, there were about 10 different salmon runs in Greens Creek, which empties into the Columbia River nearby.

“The fish volume was phenomenal,” he marveled.

At the Mayger fish station warehouse, workers would pack fish in ice and load it onto trucks for transport to canneries and processing centers. The property also has a boat lift and a boat-building workshop where wood was steamed and bent into planking for boat hulls.

Those buildings are more solidly built than the net shed, said Davis, who will reuse the shed’s clear-grain fir when renovating the warehouse. He hopes local businesses and community members will be interested enough in the project to become partners in restoring the property and collecting artifacts for display for public enjoyment.

“This is great history, and we’re going to work to make sure it’s around for a long time,” said Davis, who has experience restoring some old Portland houses from the ground up."


Image, 2012, Mayger, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Mayger Fish Station with collapsed Net Shed, Mayger, Oregon. Overcast gray day. Image taken August 27, 2012.


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