The following are books and publications written during the past 50 years that deal primarily with Clatsop County history or communities in Clatsop County. If you have additional books to suggest, please complete this form. You may also use this [PDF ] version.
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Aalberg, Jim. Westport Oregon: Home of the Big Sticks and Gold Medal Salmon. Astoria: Clatsop County Historical Society, 2015. Illustrations, appendix. 212 pages.
The great-great-great grandson of Wesport's founder, John West, Aalberg focuses on the period from the town's founding in 1850 to the close of the last sawmilling operation in 1970, especially logging, fishing, shipping and social life.
Anderson, Nancy Bell. The Columbia River's "Ellis Island": The Story of Knappton Cove. Gearhart: Knappton Cove Heritage Center, 2012. Illustrations, photographs, maps, bibliography. 103 pages.
While located across the Columbia River from Clatsop County, Knappton's history is linked to it by salmon canning, recreational fisheries and the Quarantine Station, which was linked to the US Public Health Service office and its physicians in Astoria.
Brown, Emma Lee, ed. Oregon: Clatsop County. Salem: Willamette Valley Genealogical Society, 2006. Index. 58 pages.
A collection of oral histories taken by the federal Works Projects Administration’s Federal Writers Project in 1939. The volume focuses on the settlement period in Clatsop County. Many of the interviewees are descendents of the Native American tribes.
Chappel, Jill A. “Adair-Uppertown Historic Inventory Astoria, Oregon: Historic Context Statement.” Report No. 159. Eugene: Heritage Research Associates, 1994. Maps, Illustrations, Photographs, Bibliography, Appendixes. 92 pages.
This focuses on the Adair and Uppertown neighborhoods. The overview spans from the late 1700s through 1944, and is divided into five time periods: Settlement, industrial growth, Progressive Era, Motor Age and World War II. A good portion of the text identifies historic resources related to each of these periods and evaluating the potential for individual property and district nominations to the National Register of Historic Places. Appendixes include a list of already recognized historic properties, the criteria used to evaluate individual historic resources, and the City of Astoria historic preservation ordinance. PDF [6.3 MB]
Chappel, Jill A. “Fort Hill Historic Inventory Astoria, Oregon: Historic Context Statement.” Report No. 177. Eugene: Heritage Research Associates, 1995. Maps, illustrations, photographs, bibliography, appendixes. 92 pages.
This document is an updated version of the 1995 study of the same name. “Appendix E: Fort Hill Property Index” was reorganized and updated. The study focuses on the Adair and Uppertown neighborhoods of Astoria. The historic overview spans from the late 1700s through 1945, and is divided into six time periods: Fur trade, settlement, industrial growth, Progressive Era, Motor Age and World War II. The text identifies historic resources related to each of these periods and evaluates the potential for individual property and district nominations to the National Register of Historic Places. Appendixes include a list of already recognized historic properties, the criteria used to evaluate individual historic resources, and the City of Astoria historic preservation ordinance, among others. PDF [4.1 MB]
City of Gearhart Historic Landmarks Commission. “Gearhart, Oregon Historic Context Statement.” Gearhart: City of Gearhart Historic Landmarks Commission, 1999. Notes, maps, photographs, bibliography. 78 pages.
The Gearhart Context Study examines the town’s transition from a seasonal Clatsop Indian fishing village, through the heyday of tourism industry, and to its present. The study identifies several study periods including, prehistory, settlement, and two periods dominated by important local persons, the Kinneys, and Kruse and Taylor. A good part of the study is dedicated to identifying and evaluating individual properties for potential listing on the National Register of Historic Places and identifying steps necessary to complete these goals. PDF [3.8 MB]
Clatsop County Historical Society, Cumtux, Astoria: Clatsop County Historical Society.
This historical quarterly includes articles, photographs and maps related to the county’s history. Recent issues run about 50 pages.
Deur, Douglas. “Land and Life in the Columbia-Pacific Region: A Special History Study of Lewis and Clark National and State Historical Parks.” Washington, DC: National Park Service, 2013. Maps, Photographs, Bibliography, Appendices. 546 pages.
This lengthy document provides a detailed study of the land associated with Lewis and Clark in the Columbia-Pacific region. It provides a historic context for these areas in Oregon and Washington prior to the arrival of Lewis and Clark, and how the area developed after the expedition. PDF [17 MB]
Demuth Glick Consultants. “Cultural Resources Survey and Interpretive Assessment for the Tillamook State Forest Comprehensive Recreation Study.” Salem, OR: Oregon Dept. of Forestry and Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept., 1992. Maps, Photographs, Illustrations, Bibliography, Appendices. 154 pages.
Document identifies and assesses historic resources within Tillamook State Forest, which spans Clatsop, Tillamook, Washington, and Yamhill Counties. It includes a historic overview discussing transportation, government actions, and logging. Appendices list important names and places, and a timeline of events. PDF [16.3 MB]
Koler/Morrison Preservation and Planning Consultants. “A Survey and Inventory of Historic Resources, City of Seaside, Oregon.” Seaside: City of Seaside, 1987. Photos, maps, bibliography. 271 pages.
This document identifies and documents historic properties within the corporate boundaries of Seaside. For each property, a physical description, historic narrative, photographs, and map is included. A brief history of Seaside and description of the study and its findings are included. PDF [40.4 MB] Lamb. Janet M. “Oregon Inventory of Historic Resources: Intensive Level Survey: Gearhart Oregon.” Gearhart: City of Gearhart, 2001. Photographs, maps, bibliography. 126 pages.
This study provides in-depth documentation for100 historic properties within the City of Gearhart. For each resource, a physical description, narrative history, photo, and location map is included. A brief history and overview of the study is presented at the beginning of the publication. Miller, Emma Gene. Clatsop County, Oregon: A History. Portland: Binfords & Mort Publisher, 1958. Photos, Illustrations, Bibliography, Index. 291 pages.
A thematic study spanning the period from pre-European and Native American contact through the middle of the 20th century. Topics addressed include Native Americans, exploration, fire departments, newspapers, community development, government, transportation, schools, industry, and tourism. The text contains a wealth of information, but offers little commentary on its subject matter. Oathes, Bonnie Susan, and John E. Goodenberger. “Historic Context: Astoria Downtown Area.” Astoria: North Coast Landmarks Consultants. Maps, photographs, illustrations, bibliography. Appendixes, 81 pages.
This study focuses on the growth and development of downtown Astoria and identification and evaluation of related historic resources. The overview spans from the late 1700s through 1939 with a focus on the factors that influenced the economic development of the town. A good portion of the text is dedicated to identifying historic resources and evaluating the potential for individual property and district nominations to the National Register of Historic Places. The City of Astoria historic preservation ordinance is included as an appendix. PDF [6.2 MB] Pentilla, Bryan (ed.). Astoria: An Adventure in History, 1811-2011. Astoria: Clatsop County Historical Society, 2011. Photographs. 132 pages.
This official commemorative program for Astoria's bicentennial contains 35 articles related to the major themes of Astoria history. Among the identified authors are Carlos A. Schwantes, John E. Goodenberger, Rosemary Baker-Monahan, Luke Wirkkila and Donna Quinn. Suggested readings and advertisements also included.