Books about the North Oregon Coast

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Arch Cape Chronicles: A Bit of Oregon Coast's Past (David English and Alma English) — A thorough, well-researched history of Arch Cape, including first-person accounts of long-time residents.

At the Foot of the Mountain: An Early History (Jane Comerford) — Beautiful oversized book that carefully outlines the history of Neahkahnie, Manzanita and the Nehalem River beginning in the 1800s.

Oregon Coast Highway (Laura E. Wilt) — Featuring plenty of wonderful old photos, the book chronicles how the Oregon Coast Highway came to be.

Bayocean: The Oregon Town That Fell into the Sea (Bert Webber) — Webber’s book tells the fascinating story of Bayocean, a resort town that sprung up in the early 1900s on Bayocean Peninsula in Tillamook Bay before beach erosion in the 1920s and ‘30s claimed most of the town.

Seaside: 1920-1950 (Susan L. Glen) — A paperback featuring some 200 photos of early Seaside, Oregon.

Camp Rilea (Andrea Larson Perez) — Image-driven softcover book about the history of Camp Rilea. Founded in the 1920s near Warrenton, Oregon, as Camp Clatsop, Camp Rilea began as an Oregon National Guard summer training area and was federalized for World War II before returning to state control after the war.

Tillamook Rock Lighthouse (Debra Baldwin) — With nearly 200 images, this paperback showcases the history of Tillamook Rock, a lighthouse which sits offshore of Cannon Beach, Oregon, near the Tillamook headland.

Postcards from the Oregon Coast: History Presented by the People Who Lived It (Bruce G. Walker & Mary E. Webster) — Thoughtful book featuring Walker’s collection of vintage real-photo postcards from along the Oregon Coast.

Comin’ in Over the Rock (Peter Lindsey) — Now in its second edition (2016), Lindsey’s book is an engaging oral history of Cannon Beach.

Tillamook: Land of many waters (Ada M Orcutt) — Published in 1951, Orcutt’s authoritative book provides an comprehensive history of the Tillamook region.

Cannon Beach: A Place by the Sea (Terence O’Donnell) — Commissioned by the Cannon Beach Historical Society and published in 1996, O’Donnell’s 165-page book is the seminal history of Cannon Beach, Oregon.

Building Tillamook County's Scenic Highways (Garry Gitzen) — Describes the enormous challenge of building the Oregon Coast Highway across Neahkahnie Mountain in Tillamook County.

Building Oregon's Coast Highway 1936-1966: Straightening Curves and Uncorking Bottlenecks (Joe R. Blakely) — Part two of the author’s exhaustive history of the Oregon Coast Highway. Part one (Lifting Oregon Out of the Mud) recounts the highway’s construction between 1900-1936.

Cannon Beach (Deborah Cuyle) — Photographic history of the charming town of Cannon Beach on the North Oregon Coast.

Warrenton-Hammond (Susan L. Glen) — Once its own community, Hammond merged with Warrenton in the early 1990s. Glen’s book focuses on the history of Flavel, Hammond and Warrenton.

Astoria (Jeffrey H. Smith) — Stocked with 200+ archive photos from the Columbia River Maritime Museum, Smith’s book is a visual history of Astoria.

A Pictorial History of Astoria: The Early Years (Steve Forrester) — Written by the former editor and publisher of the Daily Astorian newspaper, this 144-page coffee table book is packed with remarkable old photos of Astoria from 1850 to 1940.

Lighthouses and Life-Saving on the Oregon Coast (David Pinyerd) — Chronicles the lighthouses along the Oregon Coast from 1857 to 1939, with a focus on the Columbia River, Tillamook Rock, Tillamook Bay, Yaquina Bay, Heceta Head, Umpqua River, Coos Bay, Coquille River, and Cape Blanco.

Gearhart Remembered, An Informal History (William Berg/Gearhart Homeowners Association) — A 174-page history of Gearhart, Oregon, just north of Seaside.

Francis Drake In Nehalem Bay (Garry Gitzen) — Intensely researched, this is a compelling book in which Gitzen sets out to prove his theory that Sir Francis Drake spent several weeks in Nehalem Bay — not California — in 1579.

Bridges of the Oregon Coast (Ray Bottenberg) — Examines six historic Oregon bridges: Rogue River, Yaquina Bay, Alsea Bay, Siuslaw River, Umpqua River and Coos Bay. Includes 200 historic photos.