Outside Reading

Bayocean Park Plat Map 

The Tillamook Surveyor's Roll Map F-2537 is the cleanest high-resolution version. It shows every block and lot originally platted.


By Bert and Margie Webber:
By Perry Reeder and Sarah MacDonald:

Academic Research

Oregon State University oceanographers Thomas Terich and Paul Komar published Development and Erosion History of Bayocean Spit, Tillamook, Oregon in 1973. Their paper includes Bayocean Park history but its primary purpose is to explain the geological processes that created and destroyed the spit. As is typical of academic work, it includes citations and bibliography. The document has no index but is searchable. 

The Washington State Department of Ecology diagrams and explanation of erosion along southern Washington and northern Oregon coastline are helpful in understanding what happened at Bayocean. 


The Lost City of Bayocean is a feature (half-hour) Oregon Field Guide program written and produced by Jule Gilfillan. Kristian Foden-Vencil wrote and produced a 20-minute program for OPB Radio. Kristian and Jule collaborated on The Lost Resort Town That Oregon Forgot, an article.

Grant McOmie Captures The Bayocean Story can be seen at KGW's and Travel Oregon's websites. He interviewed Bayocean alumni Barbara Bennett, Perry Reeder, and Harold Bennett.

Rick Dancer produced a video called Oregon Ghost Towns: Bay Ocean, The Saddest Story Of  All. He interviewed Jim Bennett who lived there as a child. Barbara Bennett, who I often use as a source, is Jim's widow.  

Tom Olsen's The Port of Garibaldi: The Centennial History (1910-2010)  features Bayocean in many clips. No. 10 is an aerial flyover taken just after the November 1952 storm that made Bayocean an island.


For those who like to explore original source material:

The Tillamook County Pioneer Museum has a large collection of Bayocean artifacts and documents, including newspaper clippings, old calendars, photographs, brochures, and family histories of many people who lived on Bayocean, some before it was called that. 

The Oregon Historical Society Research Library has a collection of photos in "Photo File #93-B"; and "Org. Lot 1280" has an original 11 x 28-inch brochure with a panoramic drawing of the Tillamook Bay area on one side and the entire Bayocean Park plat map on the other.


Information on recreation and current events:
    Beach Profile Benchmarks
    Cape Meares Community Association
    Coast Watch Mile 289
    Ebird Hotspots
    Oregon Hikers
    Tillamook Birder
    Tillamook Bay Tide Table
    Tillamook County Pioneer Newspaper
    Tillamook Headlight Herald Newspaper

    Bayocean history and photos:

    Pdx History
    The Oregon Encyclopedia

    This is by no means a comprehensive list of sources for research on Bayocean. It's only intended to whet the appetite of readers who want more than the posts on my Home page or The Bayocean Story In Brief provide.