Local History

Tillamook County’s history, at least where human beings are concerned, starts with the Tillamook, Nehalem and Nestucca people. For a general overview of the the Tillamooks, as they are often referred to collectively, read this article posted in the Daily Kos.

Meanwhile, the following are local historical resources:

Nestucca River Country

South Tillamook County

Read about the history of south Tillamook County in Sally Rissel’s “Nestucca River Country,” edited by Joe Noegel.

This book includes information about the native Nestucca people, early settlers such as the Fisher, Hurliman, McPhillips, Brooten, Learned, Rock, Affolter and Walton families, and South County settlements, such as Woods, Dolph, Meda, Oretown, Cape Kiwanda and Winema, as well as the more familiar – at least to non-South County residents, Beaver, Hebo, Cloverdale, Pacific City and Neskowin.

Particularly interesting sections of the book recount the history of the former Kiawanda Sanitarium, operated by a naturopath in the 1920s and known far and wide for its kelp ore treatments, the failed attempt by Portland General Electric to construct a nuclear power plant in the 1970s in Pacific City as well as the history of the local dory fleet.

Learn even more about the local dory fleet through Launching through the Surf: The Dory Fleet of Pacific City, a collaboration of the Linfield College Department of Theatre and Communication Arts, the Jereld R. Nicholson Library, the Linfield Center for the Northwest, the Pacific City Arts Association, and the Pacific City Dorymen’s Association.