The waterfront town with a million dollar view!

Wheeler, the gem of the Oregon Coast

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2013 – Wheeler’s Centennial Year


The lovely little village of Wheeler lies at the edge of the Pacific on Nehalem Bay along Oregon’s spectacular north coast.  Wheeler was born in the early 1900’s when a railroad link was completed connecting Portland to the timber-rich area surrounding the bay.  The train delivered lumber as well as seafood to eager markets to the east.

The lumber mills and fish packing plants of Wheeler’s early decades are gone now….leaving a village of charming, historic buildings strung together on the edge of that beautiful bay as if they were displayed on a holiday mantle.

Virgil Staben and family - Wheeler Pioneer for June 2013

Oregon Treasurer Ted Wheeler, Eunice Massie, and Mayor Stevie Burden cutting the ribbon for the new Centennial Historical Display

Wheeler enjoys a wonderful “mini” climate and is often bathed in sunshine while surrounding coastal areas enjoy fog and mist.  Natives call Wheeler “Pukalani” (hole in the sky) as the surrounding hills seem to protect Wheeler from the prevailing northwest wind and fog. Our sunsets can be some of the best in the world!

Wheeler has been called “the little town with the million-dollar view!”.  It is a coastal refuge where people come to relax, refresh, and enjoy the scenic splendor of Oregon’s north coast.  Wheeler is small enough to be peaceful and unhurried — yet big enough to offer the services and advantages of a tight-knit community.  We are very proud of our sweet little town.

Welcome to Wheeler — for a visit …. or a lifetime!

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ADVISORY: 02/22/17 2:10 pm

Hwy 101 Closed near Cannon Beach due to Slide

U.S. 101 five miles south of Cannon Beach will be closed through at least the end of the day or possibly tomorrow to allow for scalers to remove loose rock and materials from a slide that closed the highway earlier today. The roadway will be opened only when it is safe for travelers. Travelers needing to detour around the closure should use OR 53 (Necanicum Highway) and U.S 26. If taking the detour, factor in at least one hour of extra travel time. Anyone traveling on Coast and Coast Range highways should be aware of slide dangers after record rainfall that has saturated soils. Travelers should drive with caution and be alert to downed trees, debris and other materials on these roadways.


The City of Wheeler has been working in concert with Tillamook County, The Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development, and the other six incorporated communities of Tillamook in a joint multi jurisdictional plan update of its hazard mitigation plan. As of current the work has begun on the draft but the DRAFT RISK ASSESSMENT has been released and can be viewed here:

It has come to the attention of the City that there has been an increase in unsupervised and off-leash dogs within City limits. While it may be convenient to allow our four legged friends an outside visit without guidance, this does pose a risk not only to your neighbors and their pets, but to your own as well and is in violation of Civil Ordinance 83-A Section 2.030. The City asks that residents respect the common space that we all share by keeping dogs from roaming at large, and under control in public places. If you should have any questions, please contact City Manager Geoff Wullschlager at (503)368-5767.



The Wheeler Planning Commission is currently soliciting interest from Wheeler residents for appointment to the City’s primary citizen involvement and land use oversight board. The Planning Commission is actively involved in reviewing land use applications that require public consideration, long term community development and planning, and matters that relate to administration of the floodplain. This is a great opportunity to serve your community and become involved in local government. All Wheeler residents who reside within Wheeler and the Urban Growth Boundary are eligible for application to serve, as are non-residents who own property or a business that operates within the City or its Urban Growth Area. Please contact City Manager Geoff Wullschlager at (503)368-5767 if you are interested in learning more.

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