Visit the Cape Disappointment Lighthouse

Before there were lighthouses on the Peninsula, ships bound for Portland and Astoria navigated their way through the high waves and shifting sandbars, focusing on fluttering white flags and notched trees along the shoreline by day and flickering signal fires by night....

How a Pickled Pioneer Ended Up in Pacific County

In 1855, a band of Native Americans descended upon a group of pioneers making their way along the legendary Oregon Trail. The pioneers feared for their scalps. Then, the leader of the war party pointed at the large black box at the front of the wagon train. Dr....

The Clamshell Railroad

On July 14-15, the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum in downtown Ilwaco invites you to step back in time for Clamshell Railroad Days! This event celebrates the narrow gauge railroad that was once the lifeblood and a hub of activity for the Long Beach Peninsula. The...

Graveyard of the Pacific

From Tillamook Bay on the Oregon Coast to Cape Scott Provincial Park on Vancouver Island stretches a deadly coastal region known as the Graveyard of the Pacific. Thick fog banks, strong currents and waves, and powerful winds have been the peril of many ships since...

Exploring Abandoned Forts in Pacific County

There’s something enchanting about ruins and abandoned buildings. Whether you enjoy the history behind it or the intrigue of decay, these echoes from the past are downright fun to explore. Here in Pacific County, there are numerous opportunities to step back in time....

The North Head Lighthouse is Looking Good

Last fall scaffolding came off the North Head Lighthouse to reveal crisp white stucco after contractors completed phase two of the restoration process. This sparked a flurry of excitement about this iconic piece of history on the Peninsula. At the Visitors Bureau, we...

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