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Join the Tillamook County Historical Society for a walk through Kilchis Point
Come join the Tillamook County Historical Society for a walk through Kilchis Point on August 11th at 11 a.m. This special event is in place of our regular meetings, held monthly at the Tillamook Bay Community College at 11 a.m.
From the Kilchis Point blog: "Kilchis Point Reserve is a pristine 200 acre natural area located along Tillamook Bay in Bay City, Oregon. The Tillamook County Pioneer Museum (TCPM) owns, protects, maintains, and holds this land in the public trust. The history at Kilchis Point is long, rich and well documented. There are three sections of interpretive trails that will highlight Flora and Fauna, Native American Heritage, and Pioneer Settlement. An interpretive kiosk, benches, arbor, and native garden are installed at the Trailhead. ...The parking area and trailhead are located at the corner of Warren and Spruce Streets in Bay City, Oregon."
This area at the mouth of the Kilchis River was the main Native settlement of the Tillamook Indians. Joe C was the first white settler to arrive in Tillamook area and disembarked at Kilchis Point in 1851. The Morning Star of Tillamook, built at Kilchis Point, was the first ship built in Tillamook County and registered in the Oregon Territory. It was launched in the Kilchis River January 5, 1855,
The Whitney Lumber Company established a logging headquarters at Kilchis Point and built over one mile of railroad track. Logs were dumped into Kilchis River, then out into Tillamook Bay and rafted to nearby mills.
Owned by the Tillamook County Pioneer Museum, this is a wonderful nature area with approximately two miles of trails; bridges over the creeks, and benches for resting along the way. The paths are well maintained, flat and easy to walk. Bring a sack lunch and enjoy the use one of their many picnic tables.
Tillamook Co. Historical Society Meeting Schedule
The TCHS has changed its meeting schedule to the following: regular board meetings every other month on the second Tuesday of the month at 11 a.m. at the Tillamook Bay Community College. On alternate months, members will be invited to attend the event listed. Members as well as the public are invited to attend.
Events are as follows:
Tuesday, April 14 Tillamook Downtown Walking Tour. Assemble at the Sue H. Elmore Park, next to the bridge at Hoquarton Slough. Meet 11 a.m.
Tuesday, June 9 Trask Tour, alternate route. Bring sack lunch. Meeting time and place to be determined.
Tuesday, August 11 Tour of Kilchis Point. Bring sack lunch. Meet 11 a.m.
Tuesday, October 13 Hoquarton Slough, kayak or history talk with Museum speaker. Meet 11 a.m.
Check our Tillamook County Historical Society Facebook page for details.
Trask Toll Road Tour is back on!
Trask Toll Road Tour
Tuesday, June 9, 2015
||The Tillamook County Historical Society is once again offering a trip on the Trask River Toll Road on Tuesday, June 9, 2015. The Trask River Toll Road was the travel route through the Coast Range between Tillamook and the Willamette Valley.
Construction of the road started around 1870 and the first stage line using the road began operation in 1872. Operation ceased in December 1911, when the railroad became the main means of transportation to Tillamook. The stage made two trips daily. The trip took two days to reach Tillamook. The stage carried passengers and mail. The stages ran daily except Sunday and the price was $3.50 per person. There were other freight wagons that brought in needed supplies. The route included many steep grades. To keep the wagon from overrunning the horse, some drivers would put a pole through the back wheels to have them slide down the hill. It was a 45 mile trip and often described by many as the most awful ride in the world.
This year it will be a modified trip, as we are not able to cross over Weyerhaeuser land into Yamhill. We will travel on gravel State Forest land roads to the site of Murphy Camp. The original Trask Toll Road crisscrosses along the road we will be on. You will get a first hand experience for how difficult this trip was by horse and stage coach. Now the road is gravel and the weather should be perfect. The stagecoach traveled through all kinds of conditions; mud, storms, fallen trees, summer dust and snow.
Murphy Camp has lots of interesting history. It was a railroad logging camp of the Murphy Timber Co. Logs were taken from there by steam engines to a mill in Carlton. Later it was a State Forestry side camp for fire suppression. After leaving Murphy Camp we will traverse though the forest to the East Fork Road and pass the site of the Trask House where passengers would spend the night before continuing their journey. That road will connect with the Trask River Road again, for a return to Tillamook.
There has been quite a caravan of cars in the past, so we will be traveling at about 15-20 mph. Carpooling will help keep our numbers down and is more fun to share information along the way with your passengers. The roads are maintained and graveled. A medium clearance car should be able to make the trip with no difficulty.
We will meet at the Tillamook County Fairgrounds parking lot for some information and instruction about 8:30 and depart at 9 am. Our first stop will be at the Trask River Park where there are rest rooms and time for more information. The trip will take about 3 hours.
The trip is free but we will gladly except donations or better yet join the Tillamook County Historical Society for only $10.00 per year.
The Tillamook County Pioneer Museum has one of the stage coaches in their collection in the basement. Two books that can give you a wonderful feeling for the area and the stagecoach journey
are; From Yamhill to Tillamook by Stagecoach by Ruth Stoller and Homestead on the Trask by Harvey Maddux.
The trip is Tuesday June 9th leaving the Tillamook Fairgrounds at 9 am. You can call Sally Rissel @ 503-781-4102 for more information.
Tillamook County Historical Society is offering a walking tour of Historic Downtown Tillamook
The Tillamook County Historical Society will once again be offering a walking tour of Historic Downtown Tillamook. The tour begins at 11a.m., April 14th at the Sue Elmore Park on Front Street, west of the 101 Hwy Hoquarton Slough bridge. Tour guides will be talking about the history of many of the oldest buildings in downtown Tillamook and showing plaques the TCHS has placed on these buildings. The tour will include the interior of the Coliseum Theater, with the new owners showing us some interesting items found during renovation.
The TCHS meets at the Tillamook Bay Community College on the second Tuesday of each month at 11a.m. This year we have planned several field trips instead of meetings on certain months. The walking tour is one of those times. In June we are doing the popular Trask Toll Road trip. Check our web site for up dated information or join us for a meeting. For more information check our web site or Sally Rissel 503-781-4102 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Everyone is welcome.
A brochure of a the walking tour was created by the Tillamook County Historical Society and is available at the Tillamook County Pioneer Museum.
||The latest issue of the Tillamook County Historical
Society's newsletter is out! Download and view the current issue
January 2015 Issue
Self-Guided Walking Tours of Historic Downtown Tillamook
A walking tour brochure is available for self-guided tours at the front desk of the Pioneer Museum.
The tour highlighted historical buildings such as the Thayer Bank, constructed in 1894 from local sandstone; the post office (listed on the National Historic Registry) built in 1940, with its mural by Lucia Wiley, a nationally recognized fresco painter of that era
(www.muralist.org); private residences viewed from the street showing gothic, Italianate, plantation and bungalow styles of architecture; the former United Brethren Church, built in 1896; the Tillamook Hotel, built in three stages from 1900 to the 1940s and many more locations.
The Tillamook County Pioneer Museum is located at 2106 2nd Street in Tillamook, Oregon. For further information,
email Sally Rissel at email@example.com
or call Ruby Fry-Matson at the Pioneer Museum at 503-842-4553.
Download and/or view or printout the following brochures, maps and
Membership Forms (pdf) for the Tillamook County Historical Society and the Walking Tour of Downtown Tillamook:
- TCHS Goals and Objectives
- Tillamook City Map, circa early 1900's
- Tillamook City Building Information
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