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!

Announcements :

City Mail Service

As of Monday January 25th, the Drop Box for USPS Mail drop off has been re-instated and pick ups will take place twice daily. The City is still working with USPS as to the disposition of the post office. Updates will be posted as soon as made available.

December 16, 2015

Memo: To all affected parties in the City of Wheeler

Re: Flooding and recovery


Dear Wheeler Constituents:

Please find below the guidelines from the Oregon National Flood Insurance Program Administrator.

    • Begin clean up as soon as flood waters recede and it is safe. Wear the proper equipment to protect yourself including safety glasses and heavy work gloves.
    • Dry out flooded areas using fans and dehumidifiers to remove excess moisture as soon as possible. Weather permitting; open the windows and doors to ventilate the room.
    • Once the building has dried, remove mold from hard surfaces by washing with soap and water and letting all washed surfaces dry completely.  Bleach can be used following all label instructions, paying special attention to the precautionary statements and dilution rate.
    • Check crawl spaces and basements for wet insulation, compromised mechanical and electrical systems as flood damage may not be readily apparent.
    • Save receipts and insurance claim information associated with clean up and repair activities in case FEMA Individual Assistance becomes available through a Federal major disaster declaration.
    • For more information on cleaning flooded buildings consult:

Affected building owners and renters should contact their insurance agent as soon as possible. Owners  and renters should document any damage to buildings and contents with photographs. This will help insurance adjusters if/when a flood insurance claim is filed. For inquiries about the National Flood Insurance Program visit

Obtaining building permits for homes or businesses located within the Special Flood Hazard Area is especially important, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to ensure flood resistance design and construction, and the national flood insurance program requirements are met.

Remember to review permit applications for substantial damage:

Verify contractor licenses to protect against fraud:

A presidentially declared major disaster declaration is required before any state or federal financial assistance becomes available. A state emergency declaration is an important step in obtaining a Federal disaster declaration but not an assurance that Federal assistance will be available.



Geoff Wullschlager

City Manager


Wheeler Community Meeting and Open House

Salmonberry Trail

Adopting the Trail into Local Comprehensive and Transportation Plans

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Wheeler City Hall

775 Nehalem Blvd. Wheeler


The Concept Plan for the future 83-mile long Salmonberry Trail was completed in Spring 2015. A variety of other efforts have been launched in the last couple of years – Trail governance and management, railroad corridor brownfields assessment, an assessment of how local governments may get involved, and this project – adoption of the Trail into the local comprehensive and transportation plans of coastal communities.

A preliminary set of evaluations of suggested local plan amendments have been completed, and have been reviewed with the cities of Wheeler, Rockaway Beach, Garibaldi, Bay City, and Tillamook, and Tillamook County. Now it’s time for the public to weigh in.

Join project staff and your community leaders to find out what is being considered. In addition to reviewing the suggested local plan amendments, you can share your ideas for the Trail’s future planning and development, and learn more about the Concept Plan.

This Community Meeting and Open House is sponsored by the City of Wheeler, the Port of Tillamook Bay, North Coast Regional Solutions Team, Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD), and the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT).


Meeting space is ADA accessible. Need to know more or cannot make it to this meeting? There are five other public meetings in January. Visit the Port of Tillamook Bay website ( to view meeting agendas, dates and locations, the Salmonberry Trail Concept Plan, and the individual plan amendments proposed for your community or the other communities. You may also ask questions or make comment before or after the community meetings by addressing an email to or mail to attention of: Kyle Kearns, Port of Tillamook Bay, 6018 Hanger Road, Tillamook, OR 97141. Comments must be submitted no later than February 8, 2016


As we enter into the new year, the City would like to thank with the deepest of gratitude, all of the citizens of Wheeler and the surrounding Nehalem Valley area for their commitment, dedication, and volunteerism in the face of the recent storms. It is with this community effort that the City maintained services and resolve when faced with difficult challenges. A very warm wish with appreciation for the New Year to all.

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