NASELLE - The Knappton Cove Heritage Center is pleased to announce that thanks to a generous grant from the Kinsman Foundation, the historic quarantine hospital building at the U.S. Public Health Service Astoria/Columbia River Quarantine Station will be getting a much-needed new roof this summer. This will be the first important step in saving this significant old building which houses a museum showcasing the layers of history at Knappton Cove. Further funding will be pursued to stabilize the foundation and repair the porches.
Thousands of immigrants and crewmembers passed through a required U.S. health inspection at this Port of Entry from 1899 through 1938. A 1921 Oregonian article referred to the Columbia River Quarantine Station as "... the Ellis Island for this district ..." The site was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.
Non-profit status for the Knappton Cove Heritage Center - an all-volunteer organization - was secured in 2005 with the goal of historic preservation and interpretation of the Station. Tax-deductible donations for historic preservation goals of the Knappton Cove Heritage Center can be sent to: P.O. Box 2840, Gearhart, OR 97138.
The annual membership meeting will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 21. Visitors are welcome. The museum - located three miles upriver from the north end of the Astoria Megler Bridge - is open summer Saturday afternoons through Labor Day from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. or by appointment by calling Nancy Anderson at 503-738-5206.