McGowan, Washington

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St. Mary's Catholic Church

McGowan[1] was a stop on the Ilwaco Railway and Navigation Company's narrow gauge line that ran on the Long Beach Peninsula in Pacific County, Washington, USA from 1889 to 1930.[2] In the late 19th century, P.J. McGowan bought land in the area for $1,200, and built his house, a dock and a salmon cannery on the site.[3] During the railroad times, the main line and a passing siding ran through McGowan.[4] McGowan is just west of the north end of the Astoria-Megler Bridge. The only prominent structure remaining is the old wooden Roman Catholic church. From 1925 to 1932, one of the docks of the Astoria-Megler Ferry route was located at McGowan.


  1. ^ "McGowan". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  2. ^ Weathers, Larry (1989). "Place Names of Pacific County". The Sou'wester. South Bend, WA: Pacific County Historical Society. 24: 34. Archived from the original on 2007-11-09.
  3. ^ Hobbs, Nancy L. & Lucero, Donella J. (2005). The Long Beach Peninsula. Arcadia Publishing. pp. 11, 89. ISBN 0-7385-2995-8.
  4. ^ Feagans, Raymond J. (1972). The Railroad that Ran By the Tide. Berkeley: Howell-North. p. 71. ISBN 0-8310-7094-3.

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Coordinates: 46°14′46″N 123°54′27″W / 46.24611°N 123.90750°W / 46.24611; -123.90750