Lewis and Clark's Columbia River
Lewis & Clark's Columbia River - "200 Years Later"
"Seaside, Oregon"
Includes ... Seaside ... Seaside Cove ... "Salt Works" ... Clatsop Beach ... Tillamook Head ...
Image, 2010, Seaside, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Seaside, Oregon. Gray drizzly day view of Seaside, as seen from the beach. Image taken May 2, 2010.


Seaside, Oregon ...
Today's Seaside, Oregon, was once the location of a Clatsop village called "Ne-co-tat", and is located along the Pacific Ocean, approximately 15 miles south of Astoria. In 1805 and 1806 Lewis and Clark set up a camp at this location to make salt. By 1871 the area had become a resort area with the first post office being established at "Summer House". In 1873 Summer House was rebuilt to become "Seaside House", and by 1882 the Post Office (and community) took the name of "Seaside". It was from this location in January 1806, Captain Clark journeyed across Tillamook Head to Cannon Beach to view a whale.

The Seaside House ...
The SEASIDE HOUSE, Clatsop Beach.

"Mr. C.H. Dexter, formerly of the "Cliff House", San Francisco, announces to his friends and the public that he has leased the new and elegant Hotel recently erected by Ben Holladay, Esq., upon the site of the old Summer House, at Clatsop Beach. The house is elegantly furnished, and possesses all modern improvements. A large and spacious Dining Room, Billiard Room, extensive Parlors, Bath Rooms, Rooms en suite, etc., etc., all well arranged for the comfort of Guests. The Grounds are beautifully laid out. A half-mile Race Track, with Shell drive; Croquet Ground, Children's Play Ground, Swings, etc., etc. Boats upon the creek; plenty of Trout Fishing; a splendid Stable, with Saddle Horses for those who wish for Equestrian rides over the Beach; Bathing Houses, for Salt Water Bathing -- and, in fact, everything necessary for the Pleasure Seeker, the Tourist or the Invalid. Ocean, Mountain, Forest and River Scenery, combined, make this the finest Place of Resort in the World. The climate is equable -- never subject to extremes of heat or cold -- and one of the healthiest places upon the Globe. The Table will be unexcelled, and the subscriber pledges himself that nothing will be left undone for the pleasure and comfort of his Patrons. Terms moderate and satisfactory. CHARLES H. DEXTER."


Source:    "Tri-weekly Astorian", July 15, 1873, Astoria, Oregon.


Views ...

Image, 2012, Seaside, Oregon, click to enlarge
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"Big Fish", Seaside, Oregon. Image taken February 9, 2012.
Image, 2010, Seaside, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Scene, Seaside, Oregon. Gray drizzly day. Image taken May 2, 2010.
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Boardwalk, Seaside, Oregon. Gray drizzly day. The heights of Tillamook Head rise in the background. Image taken May 2, 2010.
Image, 2012, Seaside Cove, Oregon, click to enlarge
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From Seaside Cove, looking north, Seaside, Oregon. Overcast gray day. Image taken February 9, 2012.
Image, 2010, Pacific Ocean from Seaside, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Pacific Ocean as seen from Seaside, Oregon. Gray drizzly day. Image taken May 2, 2010.


Seaside, etc.

  • Birding ...
  • Clatsop Beach ...
  • Salt Works ...
  • Seaside Cove ...
  • Tillamook Head ...


Birding ...

Image, 2013, Black Oystercatcher, Seaside Cove, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Black Oystercatcher, Seaside Cove, Oregon. Image taken July 30, 2013.
Image, 2012, Sanderlings, Pacific Ocean, Seaside, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Sanderlings, Pacific Ocean at Seaside, Oregon. Overcast gray day. Image taken February 9, 2012.


Clatsop Beach ...
North of Seaside is an 18-mile-long beach known as "Clatsop Beach", made up of smaller beaches such as Sunset Beach and Columbia Beach. Lewis and Clark passed by these beaches on their way to the Pacific to gather salt. Quite possibly Sunset Beach is Private Gass's "beautiful prairie".

"... We got into low ground, passed through a marsh about a mile in breadth, where the water was knee-deep; then got into a beautiful prairie, about 5 miles wide, and which runs along the sea shore about 30 miles from Point Adams on the south side of Hayley's Bay, in nearly a southwest course and ends at a high point of a mountain, called Clarke's View on the sea shore. ..." [Gass, January 4, 1806]

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"Salt Works" ...
28, 1805, Captain Clark directed five men to journey from Fort Clatsop to the Pacific Ocean to set up a camp to make salt. The men needed salt to prserve their meat for the journey back home. This camp was located at today's Seaside, Oregon. The men returned in mid-February with approximately 20 gallons of salt.
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Image, 2012, Salt Works, Seaside, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Information sign, Salt Works, Seaside, Oregon. Overcast gray day. Image taken February 9, 2012.
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Salt Works, Seaside, Oregon. Overcast gray day. Image taken February 9, 2012.


Seaside Cove ...
(to come)


Tillamook Head ...
To the south of Seaside is Tillamook Head, a large headland jutting into the Pacific Ocean, and further down the coast is Cannon Beach, where Captain Clark journeyed in January 1806 to view a whale. Lewis and Clark called Tillamook Head "Clark's Point of View".
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Image, 2010, Tillamook Head from Seaside, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Tillamook Head from the beach at Seaside, Oregon. Image taken May 2, 2010.


"The Golden Age of Postcards" ...

The early 1900s was the "Golden Age of Postcards". The "Penny Postcard" became a popular way to send greetings to friends and family. Today the Penny Postcards have become a snapshot of history.


From the Journals of Lewis and Clark ...

Clark, January 8, 1806 ...




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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:
  • McArthur, L.A., and McArthur, L.L., 2003, "Oregon Geographic Names", Oregon Historical Society Press;
  • U.S. National Park Service, Lewis and Clark National Historic Park website;


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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