Come join the Tillamook County Historical Society for a walk through Kilchis Point on August 11th at 11 a.m. This special event is in place of our regular meetings, held monthly at the Tillamook Bay Community College at 11 a.m.
From the Kilchis Point blog: "Kilchis Point Reserve is a pristine 200 acre natural area located along Tillamook Bay in Bay City, Oregon. The Tillamook County Pioneer Museum (TCPM) owns, protects, maintains, and holds this land in the public trust. The history at Kilchis Point is long, rich and well documented. There are three sections of interpretive trails that will highlight Flora and Fauna, Native American Heritage, and Pioneer Settlement. An interpretive kiosk, benches, arbor, and native garden are installed at the Trailhead. ...The parking area and trailhead are located at the corner of Warren and Spruce Streets in Bay City, Oregon."
This area at the mouth of the Kilchis River was the main Native settlement of the Tillamook Indians. Joe C was the first white settler to arrive in Tillamook area and disembarked at Kilchis Point in 1851. The Morning Star of Tillamook, built at Kilchis Point, was the first ship built in Tillamook County and registered in the Oregon Territory. It was launched in the Kilchis River January 5, 1855. The Whitney Lumber Company established a logging headquarters at Kilchis Point and built over one mile of railroad track. Logs were dumped into Kilchis River, then out into Tillamook Bay and rafted to nearby mills.
Owned by the Tillamook County Pioneer Museum, this is a wonderful nature area with approximately two miles of trails; bridges over the creeks, and benches for resting along the way. The paths are well maintained, flat and easy to walk. Bring a sack lunch and enjoy the use one of their many picnic tables.