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Web-exclusive: Editor shares second bunch of rare salmon label images
Web-exclusive: Editor shares second bunch of rare salmon label images

LONG BEACH — There once were dozens of salmon canneries from Hammond to Clifton and Ilwaco to Eagle Cliff. They were key to the Columbia estuary’s early economy and settlement.

Often the only tangible things that remain are the can...

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‘This Nest of Dangers’: Filling in the blanks
‘This Nest of Dangers’: Filling in the blanks
Early mapmakers unveiled the mysterious Northwest coast
‘This Nest of Dangers’
‘This Nest of Dangers’
Pioneer journalism still serves West Coast historians
Writer’s Notebook: Local innocence collided with World War I’s harsh realities
Writer’s Notebook: Local innocence collided with World War I’s harsh realities

When the U.S. entered World War I a century ago this month, local news was dominated by — what else? — the spring salmon season.

One of the many fascinations of running a newspaper is the easy ability to travel in time by diving...

‘This Nest of Dangers’: Two for the show
‘This Nest of Dangers’: Two for the show
Why Peacock Spit is named Peacock Spit
Cape Despair?
Cape Despair?
Rare visit offers seldom-seen details of historic lighthouse’s interior
This Nest of Dangers: Columbia fur trading came at a steep cost
This Nest of Dangers: Columbia fur trading came at a steep cost

The American fur-trading experiment known as Fort Astoria had a brief life. One expression of the War of 1812 between the U.S. and Great Britain was Canada’s North West Company buying out the assets of the Astor’s Pacific Fur Co. in...

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...

This Nest of Dangers: Crossing the bar, ‘alarmed and frightened’
This Nest of Dangers: Crossing the bar, ‘alarmed and frightened’
Columbia’s entrance establishes reputation for astounding violence
Celebrate the pragmatic elegance of gasoline marine engines
Celebrate the pragmatic elegance of gasoline marine engines

Gasoline marine engines revolutionized working life on the Columbia River estuary the way cotton gins did in the South, but they don’t get much respect.

In the course of a half a tide, the river can go from mirror-like lake to something...

This Nest of Dangers: 
Beeswax on a lee shore: One of our enduring mysteries
This Nest of Dangers: Beeswax on a lee shore: One of our enduring mysteries

One of the joys of living at the beach is seeing what the tide brings in. Along the shore south of the mouth of the Columbia, in centuries past, in big chunks or small, it was what seemed like beeswax.

The South Bend [WA] Journal of the late...

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
Editor’s Notebook 
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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