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No gusher: 
Ever-optimistic oilmen hit dry holes here
No gusher: Ever-optimistic oilmen hit dry holes here

Petroleum geology is anything but straightforward. The earth is so ancient — and has so often flopped over on itself, weathered down, thrust up, broken apart, erupted — that finding where petroleum is trapped can seem like a three-way...

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North Head Lighthouse repairs continue
North Head Lighthouse repairs continue

CAPE DISAPPOINTMENT — Exterior renovations continue as weather permits this winter at North Head Lighthouse in Cape Disappointment State Park.

The lighthouse, which has been fenced off from public access, was completed in 1898. Although...

Writer’s Notebook: 
Tragic legacy of Plains Indian Wars still haunts the West
Writer’s Notebook: Tragic legacy of Plains Indian Wars still haunts the West

Like hungry little mountain bluebirds on the first day of grasshopper season, we were jumping with joyous energy as our teacher soothed us into our seats. It was a day to cherish: Our “graduation” from third grade, marking a successful...

This Nest of Dangers: Enormous Columbia plays hide and seek
This Nest of Dangers: Enormous Columbia plays hide and seek

The Columbia River rises in Canada’s Rocky Mountains, flows north, then south, west, south again, east, south, east again, south again, west, north, and finally west into the earth’s largest ocean. It gathers water from approximately the...

This Nest of Dangers: Pitiless perils prowl off Pacific Northwest coast
This Nest of Dangers: Pitiless perils prowl off Pacific Northwest coast

In the winter of 1978-79 when I was new to the Long Beach Peninsula, friends told me how wild our weather could be and how rough the Columbia River sometimes was; how in winter the Washington state highway department sometimes parked a road-grader...

This Nest of Dangers: 
Survivor of the Columbia bar, Wavertree gloriously restored in New York City
This Nest of Dangers: Survivor of the Columbia bar, Wavertree gloriously restored in New York City

Shipwrecks fascinate some of us; the Columbia River bar is famous for them. Decades ago I couldn’t quite believe it when I first saw the classic photograph of the Colonel de Villebois Mareuil crossing the bar under tow, mostly obscured by a...

Lewis and Clark: Pinpointing unknown campsites in Pacific County
Lewis and Clark: Pinpointing unknown campsites in Pacific County
Nation’s most famous explorers reached their Pacific Ocean destination in what is now Pacific County, but historians are still working out some important details about exactly where they camped each day
Struggle around Point Ellice: 
Explaining Lewis and Clark’s two missing campsites known as ‘Dismal Nitch’
Struggle around Point Ellice: Explaining Lewis and Clark’s two missing campsites known as ‘Dismal Nitch’

EDITOR’S NOTE: Naselle-based historian and Emmy Award-winning documentary-maker Rex Ziak lays out his interpretation of some of the Lewis and Clark Expedition’s most dramatic days, spent in Pacific County 211 years ago this autumn. This...

Where is William Clark’s sword?
Where is William Clark’s sword?
1904: Clark sword found
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Sam Hill and Woodrow Wilson: Their oversized roles in local history
Editor’s Notebook Sam Hill and Woodrow Wilson: Their oversized roles in local history

Everything most of us know about the golden age of great ocean liners comes from James Cameron’s “Titanic,” with its vivid depiction of stupendous luxury at the apex of a rigid class hierarchy. It’s a good bet that most of...

Mystery wreck might be the Sophie Christenson
Mystery wreck might be the Sophie Christenson
Hidden shipwreck found
Clamshell Railroad’s first run recalled
Clamshell Railroad’s first run recalled
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Archaeologists study remains of famous steamship
Archaeologists study remains of famous steamship
The bones of the TJ Potter
The Shellfish Wars: Lobsters, Shoalies, Olys, Atlantics and Pacifics vie for supremacy
The Shellfish Wars: Lobsters, Shoalies, Olys, Atlantics and Pacifics vie for supremacy

If you’ve ever idly wondered why lobsters are such a big deal in New England and Maritime Canada but haven’t gained a claw-hold at our similar latitude in the Pacific, you’re not unique — the question has come up since at...

Columbia 1888: Epic cruise of the USS Albatross netted details of pioneer fishermen
Columbia 1888: Epic cruise of the USS Albatross netted details of pioneer fishermen

The 1887 to 1889 cruise of the USS Albatross all along the mainland West Coast would have been an awe-inspiring adventure for anyone interested in American industrial and social history.

The resulting “Report on the Fisheries of the...

North Head Lighthouse hosts 118th Birthday Party

NORTH HEAD — Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission and Keepers of the North Head Lighthouse are hosting the 118th anniversary of the North Head Lighthouse at Cape Disappointment State Park in Ilwaco on June 4.

The Discover Pass...

Park Happenings: The U.S. Life-Saving Service, and the shipwreck Rosecrans
Park Happenings: The U.S. Life-Saving Service, and the shipwreck Rosecrans

The following is another historical gem I recently stumbled upon while in the depths and throws of a hastily crafted research binge. The U.S. Life-Saving Service was under the interpretive magnifying glass, and the quest was a primary source of...