Posts Tagged ‘Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum’

Astoria Riverfront Trolley: Historic Waterfront Tour

April 10th, 2018 by Clementines B&B

Ride the Astoria Riverfront Trolley to see city landmarks and learn about Astoria’s history from the Trolley’s conductors. Visitors can ride a three mile route along the Columbia Riverfront from Uniontown in the west to the foot of 39th Street. The fare to ride “Old 300,” the restored 1913 streetcar, is just $1. An all-day hop on/hop off fare is just $2 – one of the best bargains in Astoria. The Trolley’s nine convenient stops include the Maritime Memorial Park, Columbia River viewing platform, Columbia Maritime Museum, and The Uppertown Firefighters Museum.

Astoria Riverfront Trolley with conductor in doorwayThe historic Uniontown area includes over a hundred historically significant buildings typical of late 19th- and early 20th-century architectural styles, including Italianate, Queen Anne, Stick Style, and Craftsman. Ahead on the Trolley’s route is the famous Astoria-Megler Bridge, joining Oregon and Washington. Under the Bridge, Maritime Memorial Park honors members of the U.S. Coast Guard and local residents lost at sea, together with the region’s seafaring heritage.

A small park and dock at the 6th Street stop offers a viewing platform where visitors can watch the ship traffic along the river. Another small riverfront park at 14th Street marks the historic landing for Car Ferry No. 2, the only way to reach the state of Washington until the Bridge replaced the ferry in 1966. Around 13th and 14th Streets, the Trolley passes through the part of the city destroyed in Astoria’s two great fires in 1883 and 1922.

man and boy sitting inside 1913 trolleyAt 17th Street, the Trolley stops at the nationally-known Columbia River Maritime Museum; the Heritage Museum, with its regional historical exhibits, is nearby as well.

Past the Mill Pond, the Trolley stops again at 30th Street. Nearby, the Uppertown Firefighters Museum exhibits antique firefighting equipment, including hand-pulled and horse-drawn vehicles, plus historic photos of the 1922 fire.

Visitors hear the clang, clang, clang of the Trolley throughout the late spring and summer months. It’s fun to just take the hour-long ride, but even better is to use it to see some of the many Astoria attractions along its riverside route. The Old 300 website includes detailed information about the landmarks along the route as well as the Trolley’s history and schedule.

When you’re staying with us at Clementine’s Bed & Breakfast on Exchange Street, the closest Trolley stops are at the foot of 6th Street and 11th Street. Either stop is just a six or seven minute walk from the bed and breakfast. The Trolley has just begun its 2018 season, so it’s time to give us a call or go online and book your spring getaway now!

2018 Schedule
April 13 to May 6, 2018: 12:00 – 6:00 pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday only
May 11 to September 4, 2018: 12:00 – 6:00 pm Daily
NOTE: The Trolley does not run when it’s raining.

Photos courtesy of Astoria Warrenton Area Chamber of Commerce

OR Railfans – 2017 Clamshell Railroad Days July 15-16

July 11th, 2017 by Clementines B&B

Celebrate the history of railroading in the Pacific Northwest at the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum’s Clamshell Railroad Days, July 15-16, 2017. Railfans of all ages can tour the railroad’s Pullman coach, the NAHCOTTA, a typical passenger coach of the 1880s. The Peninsula Model Railroad Club, the Mt. Rainier N-Scale Club and the Portland Cascade Z-Scale Club Model will host model train displays. Kids will have fun at the Kids Craft Caboose and the Lego train as well.

Door to 1888 railroad coach with seats, hanging lights, boy standing at end of carFrom 1888 until 1930, the narrow gauge Clamshell Railroad provided the primary transportation along Washington’s Long Beach Peninsula, from the Columbia River to Nahcotta, on Willapa Bay. Although it lacked any connections with outside rail lines, the railroad both linked the coastal communities, and transported local products such as oysters, cranberries, and timber, to ports where they could be shipped to outside markets. Schedules of the steamboats that met the train at its endpoints determined the time table for the “Irregular, Ramblin’ and Never-get-there Railroad”. Although the railroad ceased operations over 80 years ago, some landmarks along the train’s route can still be identified.

After the railroad ceased operation, the NAHCOTTA became a cottage in Seaview, Washington until the 1960s, when Henry Welzel acquired the coach and restored it over the next 30 years. Much of the original Eastlake-style oak woodwork remains; the Carter Brothers style seats are replicas of the originals. The Nahcotta came home to Ilwaco in 2003, where it rests next to the restored Ilwaco Freight Depot at the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum.

The railfest is just across the Columbia River in Ilwaco, WA, conveniently located less than half an hour from Clementine’s Bed & Breakfast in Astoria. Give us a call to book your weekend getaway, and you’ll enjoy our delicious gourmet breakfast to start your day, and have all of Astoria’s shops, galleries and restaurants nearby when you return from your day at on the rails.

Clamshell Railroad Days
Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum
Dates: July 15-16, 2017
Location: 115 SE Lake Street Ilwaco, WA 98624 Phone: 360-642-3446
Admission: $5.00 for adults including a souvenir pin and Museum entrance for 2 days, children under 12 free.
Photo courtesy of Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum

Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum: Oregon’s Botanical Landscape

June 8th, 2017 by Clementines B&B

The current exhibit at the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum, Oregon’s Botanical Landscape: An Opportunity to Imagine Oregon Before 1800, presents works by Corvallis resident Frances Stillwell. Frances Stilwell ExhibitionLR, Courtesy of CPHMHer 82 pastel drawings, watercolors, and oils represent the native flora of all eight of Oregon’s ecoregions, from the Coast Range and Klamath Mountains to the Columbia Plateau and Blue Mountains. She says: I paint in response to what I see, though often don’t realize what that is until afterwards. – The Democrat Herald, March 13, 2009.

Frances Stilwell Painting, Courtesy of CPHMHer award-winning artwork has been displayed in multiple juried exhibits. In the forward to this exhibit’s companion book, she writes: This is my window into Oregon’s botanical landscape. By the end of this book…  You will have become more familiar with the natural world of Oregon. Familiarity is the first step towards a sense of home. Like the book, the exhibit’s purpose is education about the natural world, taking time to slow down and stop, to consider colors, shapes, and shadows.

Wildflowers abound during the spring and early summer here in Astoria, so why not plan a getaway to Clementine’s Bed & Breakfast soon, and enjoy both our flora blooming in nature and that experienced though Stillwell’s botanical landscapes?

Oregon’s Botanical Landscape: An Opportunity to Imagine Oregon before 1800
Dates: May 12 – July 8, 2017
Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum
115 SE Lake Street Ilwaco, WA 98624 Phone: 360-642-3446
Museum Hours: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Tuesday through Saturday; closed Sunday & Monday
Museum Admission: Adults $5.00, Seniors (55+)$4.00, Children (12-18) $2.50, Children under 12, Free
Admission on Thursdays is FREE for everyone thanks to the Port

Images courtesy of Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum