Oysterville, Washington

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Oysterville
Unincorporated community
View of Willapa Bay from Oysterville
View of Willapa Bay from Oysterville
Oysterville is located in Washington (state)
Oysterville
Oysterville
Location within the state of Washington
Coordinates: 46°32′56″N 124°1′36″W / 46.54889°N 124.02667°W / 46.54889; -124.02667Coordinates: 46°32′56″N 124°1′36″W / 46.54889°N 124.02667°W / 46.54889; -124.02667
Country United States
State Washington
County Pacific
Time zone Pacific (PST) (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)

Oysterville is an unincorporated community in Pacific County, Washington, United States.

History[edit]

Oysterville was first settled in 1841 by John Douglas, who married a local Chinook woman. Oysterville was established and named in 1854 by J.A. Clark.[1] It was a hub of oyster farming as the name suggests. It was the seat of Pacific County until the seat was relocated to South Bend in 1893.

In a county seat war, on February 3, 1893, all of the county records and books were stolen in order to move the county seat from Oysterville to South Bend, Washington. However, it had been agreed upon that the seat would be moved to South Bend. There is a sign telling the story of this incident across from the historical Oysterville school.

The town has several historic buildings, including a school house and historic homes, many built prior to 1880. Most of the buildings in this once prosperous town have been lost to the sea and the elements.

Geography[edit]

Oysterville is located at 46°32'56" North, 124°1'36" West (46.549021, -124.026735) on the Long Beach Peninsula. Oysterville is located on the east side of the (north-south running) peninsula, on the shallow and sheltered Willapa Bay.

People[edit]

Notable people from Oysterville include:

References[edit]

  1. ^ Majors, Harry M. (1975). Exploring Washington. Van Winkle Publishing Co. p. 115. ISBN 978-0-918664-00-6. 

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