Here's What's New at the Pioneer Museum
For more information visit the Tillamook County Pioneer Museum at 2106 2nd Street in Tillamook, Oregon or call 503-842-4553.
Bayocean Park: A Grand Notion
Tillamook Co. Pioneer Museum
On display until July 25, 2014
||At the turn of the 20th century, two men had a dream about making the natural feature of the spit at Tillamook Bay into a high quality vacation resort that would rival Atlantic City on the east coast.
Thomas Benton Potter and his son T. Irving Potter bought out land claims in the early 1900’s and started to design and build their vision. Bayocean Park was to have a grand hotel, natatorium, dance hall, amusement park, tennis courts and a golf course.
|In reality, a smaller hotel was built as were the dance hall, natatorium and tennis courts. Building lots were sold and cottages, bungalows and camping areas were built. People came by the hundreds to enjoy the beaches and dances at Bayocean and swim in the heated waters of the natatorium. But by 1930, erosion of the beaches by the Pacific Ocean would spell doom for the Potters’ dream.
The Tillamook County Pioneer Museum has installed a new exhibit in the Main and Northwest Galleries that features a historical perspective on Bayocean spit.
“Bayocean Park: A Grand Notion” features photographs and artifacts from the Museum’s collection and tells the story of the Potters as they imagined, designed and developed their resort town on the Bayocean spit. Using photographs and artifacts from the Pioneer Museum’s collections, the exhibit explains what happened to this town and why.
Included with Museum admission, “Bayocean Park: A Grand Notion” will be on display until July 25, 2014.
|Local Band Coaster to help celebrate St. Patrick's
Saturday March 15 at the Museum
The local band “Coaster” will be returning to help the Pioneer Museum celebrate St. Patrick’s Day weekend with a selection of Irish music on Saturday, March 15th at 1:00 PM. Sponsored by the Museum’s Daisy Fund, this Great Speaker event is free and open to the public. Sure and begorrah, you won’t want to miss this concert!
Pioneer Museum seeks Volunteers
The Tillamook County Pioneer Museum is accepting applications for volunteer work at the Pioneer Museum as well as at the Kilchis Point Interpretive Trails site in Bay City. Possible positions at the museum include front desk personnel, substitutes for the front desk, docents for tours, research, and typing and filing. Duties at the Kilchis site will be clearing trails, weeding the trailhead locations, and removing invasive plants.
“We do our best to match our volunteers to the tasks
that need to be done,” said Ruby Fry-Matson, the museum’s Volunteer
Coordinator. “We want everyone to have a positive experience and enjoy
the time spent with us. We treasure our volunteers and couldn’t run
this museum without them.”
For more information or to obtain an application and an
appointment for an interview, contact Ruby at 503-842-4553 or
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