Lewis and Clark's Columbia River
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"Quinn and Quincy, Oregon"
Includes ... Quinn ... Quinn's Landing ... Quincy ...
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Store, Quincy, Oregon. Image taken October 17, 2013.


Quinn and Quincy ...
The two now-nearly-forgotten Oregon communities of Quinn (Quinn's Landing) and Quincy were located on the Columbia River north of the community of Clatskanie. Quinn (Quinn's Landing) and Quincy, while being close to each other and sharing similar names, are not related.

Early Quinn ...
Quinn is a small community located on the lowlands northwest of Quincy and was the earlier settled locality of the two. Quinn disappeared in the early 1900s after the Quinn Post Office was discontinued. Quinn was also known as "Quinn's Landing".

According to "Oregon Geographic Names" (2003, McArthur and McArthur):

"Quinn ... The locality and post office called Quinn was near the south bank of the Columbia River on the low land northwest of Quincy. The post office was named for James Quinn, the first postmaster. He was appointed May 4, 1876, and served until June 30, 1909 -- at least that is the date the office was discontinued. There was never any other postmaster there."

The U.S. Geological Survey's Geographic Names Information System (GNIS) database lists the location of the historical Quinn Post Office as latitude 450959N, longitude 1231104W. This plots out to a spot on Hermo Road just south of Port Westward and the Beaver Generating Plant.

The 1880 Federal Census lists James Quinn (43), Jane Quinn (53), and Frank J. Quinn (17), all from Canada.


Early Quincy ...
Quincy is a small Oregon community still in existence today and is located three miles northeast of Clatskanie, on the main road connecting Clatskanie with Mayger. According to Ralph Friedman's "In Search of Western Oregon" (1990), in 1915 during Quincy's heyday, the community had a population of 40, two churches and two schools.

According to "Oregon Geographic Names" (2003, McArthur and McArthur):

"Quincy ... "Quincy was settled about 1882 and named for Quincy, Illinois, by J.W. Barnes, who came from that place. The post office was established October 8, 1892, and finally closed on August 25, 1966."

The U.S. Board of Geographic Names' General Land Office (GLO) Records database (2013) shows a G.W. Barnes being granted title to 40 acres of T8N, R4W, Section 35, on May 11, 1888 (1820 Sale-Cash Entry). There is a second entry for "George W. Barnes" being granted title to 163 acres of T8N, R4E, parts of Section 26, on April 28, 1891 (1862 Homestead Entry Original).


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Image, 2013, Quincy, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Store, Quincy, Oregon. Image taken October 17, 2013.


From the Newspapers

  • 1885 ... Cannery
  • 1894 ... Great Flood of 1894
  • 1904 ... Sportsmen
  • 1906 ... Steamer Jordan and 3 Barges
  • 1909 ... Quinn's Landing
  • 1909 ... Mrs. James Quinn


1885 ... Cannery
"Jas. Quinn, of Quinn's Landing, was in the city yesterday. He will not operate his cannery this season, it being only partially rebuilt."


Source:    "The Morning Astorian", March 14, 1885, courtesy Historic Oregon Newspapers Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, 2019.


1894 ... Great Flood of 1894
Mr. Quinn's Losses.

"Mr. James Quinn, of Quinn's Landing, was in town yesterday, and for a man who has lost fully $6,000 in consequence of the late flood, he shows remarkable composure. Mr. Quinn reports that the river attained a height greater by five feet than the flood of 1876. All his fish traps were washed out, and he was obliged to take his cattle to the mountains. His farm is still under water."


Source:    "The Daily MOrning Astorian", June 30, 1894, courtesy Historic Oregon Newspapers Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, 2019.

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1904 ... Sportsmen
"Quite a number of Astoria sportsmen have chosen Columbia County for their field of operation. The preserves in and around Deep Island and QUinn's landing have been selected by these nimrods."


Source:    "The Oregon Mist", September 9, 1904, courtesy Historic Oregon Newspapers Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, 2019.


1906 ... Steamer Jordan and 3 Barges
"The Callender steamer Jordan, with the captain of the same name, with Charley tacked on in front to distinguish him from the vessel, left up yesterday for Portland, with three big barges in tow; one for Quincy bearing a logging engine, a hunting scow for Quinn's Landing and the third with a logging locomotive on it, for Portland."


Source:    "The Morning Astorian", September 9, 1906, courtesy Historic Oregon Newspapers Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, 2019.


1909 ... Quinn's Landing
"James Quinn of Quinn's Landing, was a business visitor in this city yesterday."


Source:    "The Morning Astorian", February 17, 1909, courtesy Historic Oregon Newspapers Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, 2019.


1909 ... Mrs. James Quinn
Mrs. James Quinn Dead.

"QUINN, Or., Oct. 7.-- (Special.) -- Mrs. James Quinn, wife of the ex-postmaster of Quinn, Columbia County, is dead after 43 years residence in Oregon, first at Portland, then at Quinn. She leaves her husband and one son, Frank J. Quinn. Mrs. Quinn took an active part in her husband's business affairs and was well liked."


Source:    "Morning Oregonian", October 8, 1909, courtesy Historic Oregon Newspapers Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, 2019.



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*River Miles [RM] are approximate, in statute miles, and were determined from USGS topo maps, obtained from NOAA nautical charts, or obtained from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers website, 2003

Sources:
  • Friedman, R., 1990, "In Search of Western Oregon";
  • Historic Oregon Newspapers Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, 2019;
  • McArthur, L.A., and McArthur, L.L., 2003, "Oregon Geographic Names", Oregon Historical Society Press;
  • U.S. Geological Survey's Geographic Names Information System (GNIS) database, 2019;


All Lewis and Clark quotations from Gary Moulton editions of the Lewis and Clark Journals, University of Nebraska Press, all attempts have been made to type the quotations exactly as in the Moulton editions, however typing errors introduced by this web author cannot be ruled out; location interpretation from variety of sources, including this website author.
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