Saturday and Sunday at 1:00 PM,
June 4 through August 31st or by special appointment
Take “A Walk Back in Time” to discover what makes Taft the “historic” district of Lincoln City. Beginning on Saturday, June 4th and extending through August 31st, the North Lincoln County Historical Museum will offer a docent led walking tour of Taft and the Siletz Bay area free of charge. John Blaine, President of the NLCH Museum’s Board of Directors will conduct the tours as he has for the past several years. His work at the museum ignited an interest in local history and a desire to share his knowledge on this walk through Taft’s history. “Taft has such a rich, wonderful history,” said Blaine. “I want people to see how this area transformed from an isolated area to a tourist area and all the history in between.”
During the tours, Blaine explains that when Taft was established in 1904, the only real means of transportation was by boat. In the 1920s, the Roosevelt Coast Military Highway, later called Highway 101, was constructed along with the Salmon River Cutoff, providing a major connection to the Willamette Valley. “Lincoln City could not be what it is today without that transportation link,” said Blaine. “People started coming to the beach. Shops, restaurants and lodging were developed and began to flourish.”
Blaine uses large tour books containing historic photographs of Taft to show what the area looked like over the decades. “I bring the books along with each tour to help show those on the walk what was so that people can better visualize the area’s history,” said Blaine.
Weather permitting, tours are scheduled every Saturday and Sunday at 1:00 pm. Sign up before the tour begins at the museum, 4907 SW HWY 101 in Lincoln City. To schedule a special tour day or time, call 541-996-6614. The tour route begins at SW 49th Street and continues south along Hwy 101 to the Siletz Bay kiosk. From there it turns west and moves along SW 51st Street, ending at Eleanor’s Untertow, a little more than a half mile in total. The duration of each tour may vary but should take no more than 90 minutes.
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