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February 21, 2013


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wish we still could do that!

the railroad’s promotional pamphlet, printed around 1904, entitled, “The Oregon Coast: From Portland to Summer Paradise in Four Hours.” With photographs and short essays, the pamphlet described scenic wonders available on excursion trains along the Columbia River and at coastal destinations in Seaside and Gearhart.

The Astoria and South Coast Railway completed passenger service into Seaside between 1890 and 1891. The railway line originated at a point on Young’s Bay across from Astoria. In 1896, this “Seaside railroad” extended to Astoria via a railway bridge over the bay. The Astoria and Columbia River Railroad (A&CRR) completed a line in 1898 that connected Astoria to Northern Pacific’s tracks in Goble, Oregon. By this time the A&CRR had acquired the Seaside line and signed a ninety-nine year lease with the Northern Pacific for use of the tracks from Goble to Portland. Thus, by 1898, passenger railway service existed from Portland to Seaside. Rates in 1905 were four dollars round trip.

Railroad service into Seaside made the summer resort town more accessible to the upper-middle class. Only a short time previous the Seaside House, the area’s most famous hotel, fostered the resort town’s reputation as a highly fashionable summer destination for the well-to-do. In the interest of selling excursion tickets to the general population, the A&CRR took pains to counter this image of Seaside. “No stern dictates of fashion are obeyed,” read the pamphlet. “…each resident, permanent or transient, is a law unto himself as to dress and conduct, always with due regard for the rights of others.”

The coming of the railroad contributed to the growth of the community. By the turn of the twentieth century, Seaside had evolved as two separate towns, Seaside and West Seaside, each located on opposite sides of the Necanicum River. The combined population in 1902 was 500, but in the summer months residents numbered between five and ten thousand. Besides tourism, industry in the two “Seasides” included a cannery and a lumber company, which operated a box factory and sawmill. The two towns officially merged in 1913. Passenger railroad service discontinued in 1952 as automobile travel and better roads made travel by train obsolete.


Really john? You want to ride one of those old steam trains? Do you have any idea how filthy those trains were? Do you have any idea how long a trip from Portland to Seaside was? No thanks, I'll take a nice, clean car and make the trip in about an hour.

in portland we have 3 old steam locomotives! the sp 4449 the sp&s 700 which my father engineered and the orn 197, i would ride any one of these, though the 4449 is down for routine maintanence and the 197 is still being restored! get out of your prius and look at some real portland history!

I'll avoid Seaside altogether thanks.
The cesspool of the Oregon Coast.

I'm sure you look just fine with a soot covered face john.

joel they dont burn coal in the engines now! silly!

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