Thursday, May 14, 2015

Walking Past The Pier

Letter from Potter to Beebe  at
Tillamook County Pioneer Museum
Looking at photographs of the Bayocean pier, where boats docked in Tillamook Bay, you can see that it was quite long. I wanted to know exactly how long, to see if I crossed the spot where it would have been hiking on Dike Road now. Luckily, the Tillamook County Pioneer Museum provided the answer, by way of a letter in their collection that T.B. Potter wrote to Charles Bebee in 1911, reporting that the pier was 1400 feet long. 

The pier was an extension of 12th Avenue, which stopped at Bay Street. Miller's Bay Hotel was on the east side of that intersection. The pier began a little east of that. So, if you were arriving by boat, you could just walk off the pier and check in. 

We know the coordinates of the northeast corner of the hotel because the National Geodetic Service placed a Continuously Operating Reference Station there (see Stand Under Bayocean Hotel Annex's Chimney).The description says it was 260' west of the shore of the Tillamook Bay. By using online measuring tools and a Tillamook County tax map that shows both the Dike Road and original Bayocean plat map, I determined that end of the pier would have been at least 1/8 mile west (into the bay) of Dike Road.

Photo from Tillamook County Pioneer Museum
This point is about 1/2 mile north of the parking lot gate. It's close to a sandy spot just west of Dike Road.  If you have a GPS reader it will be at latitude 45.527 (since the dock was pretty wide we don't need to go beyond three decimal points). When you get there, stop for a moment and imagine hiking out to watch the "dinky" railroad engine unload construction materials from a barge.

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