Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum, Ilwaco

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Located in the center of Ilwaco, WA the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum is the place to explore the crossroads of history where the Columbia River meets the Pacific Ocean. Displays illustrate local history from the earliest times when the Chinook Indians thrived in this region to the settlement years when European immigrants made this peninsula a year-round home and profited from fishing, logging. and tourism.

The Museum is home to the NAHCOTTA, a Pullman built narrow gauge car that rolled along the Ilwaco Rail and Navigation Company's 27 miles of track from Ilwaco to Nahcotta. Since a tide table not a time table governed the railroad schedule this quirky narrow gauge railroad was called "The Irregular Rambling and Never-Get-There-Railroad."
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  • August 24, 2017
    The hand-powered boat journey across the Pacific was the highlight of the visit. The rest of the exhibits were more-or-less average. But if you live inland in the US this might be a good place to get ...  more »
  • August 3, 2017
    Spending the summer getting to explore the Pacific northwest, and this area in particular, has been so fun, and this museum really added to my research. No, it's not glitzy and shiny new, but it is fi...  more »
  • May 20, 2017
    First time here. This museum doesn't get as much attention as the Lewis Clark one up the street, but I found it just as informative. The overall building and interior could use a renovation but for 5....  more »
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  • February 7, 2017
    Great local museum! The breadth of exhibits was surprisingly broad. The museum has a prominently positioned native people's exhibit with more information that just material culture. Facsimiles of 19th century treaty agreements were presented alongside explanations of their current relevance. There are galleries about the development of railroad, white settlement, and then tourist economies and culture. Two (!) different working model railroads! The staff were very helpful and enthusiastic.
  • April 25, 2017
    One of my favorite local museums. Super friendly staff and great displays. The lower Columbia has a lot of history to share.
  • June 5, 2017
    Very interesting, nice gift shop.
  • January 7, 2017
    Wonderful! Celebrating our local area's history and achievements.
  • July 30, 2016
    Has a variety of exhibits about the Chinook, Lewis and Clark, trains and more. Upstairs is a small but very moving exhibit about Gerard D'Aboville who paddled from Japan to here. Took him over 100 days and what an amazing feat and story. There is a current exhibit about the Megler and Union Pacific ferries and building of the Astoria bridge. Well done.

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