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!



Beginning Thursday August 18th and continuing through Saturday August 20th, the Northwest region of Oregon is foretasted to expect hotter than average temperatures, reaching levels in the 90’s for coastal regions. This, combined with offshore flows, very low relative humidity, and abundance of fuels and dry brush create conditions that are susceptible to the outbreak of fire. Please be mindful of your surroundings and activities, and adhere to all burn bans in place for the region.


A research team at Portland State University is conducting a survey of residents and visitors in the Nehalem Bay area. This survey seeks to understand how residents and visitors understand tsunami risk, and what steps they’d be willing to take to become more resilient.

The goal of the survey is to reach a broad set of residents and visitors in the Nehalem Bay communities. We want to make sure we hear from people from all around Nehalem Bay – including full time residents, families, employees, part-time residents, and visitors.

The survey can be found at:

This project is funded by Oregon Sea Grant and results will be shared in a final report to local stakeholders. All responses will be anonymous and only summaries of findings will be shared.


The Wheeler Post Office is now open and operational again as of Friday July 29th. Please visit the front counter of the re-opened facility for any questions you may have. The Mayor, City Council, and City Manager would like to thank all the parties who have worked to bring back mail service to Wheeler: Senator Jeff Merkley and staff, Congressman Kurt Schrader and staff, property owner Barbra Matson, the citizens and the City of Wheeler, and the USPS.


The City’s Annual Clean Up Day was another successful event this year. The City Council and City Administration would like to thank Terri Michelsen for her leadership and recognize the following Wheeler residents and friends who donated their resources and contributed their time on Saturday June 4th:

Mike Anderson

Doug Proctor

Jane Allen

Jan Bell

Alan Burden

Becky Elder

Mike Lehman

Joe Balden

Jim King

Mike Glowa

Angelle Soans

Braden Soans


Averill Recycling

Tillamook County Solid Waste

Les Schwab of Tillamook

The City received a total of 5.88 tons of debris in the dumpsters and 5,940 lbs. of metal in the metal collection dumpster.



The season is upon us and the Wheeler Community Garden is accepting applications for participation in this year’s harvest. The Participation requirements: Plots are individualized. All gardeners use organic methods & tend common areas of the garden.

Plots will be held for Wheeler citizen priority until May 31st. After this date, local residents from the community at large are invited to participate. Additionally, there are two plots at the front of the garden that are being held until May 31st for participants that require access under the Americans With Disabilities Act (AWDA). After this date they will be released for general participation.

Please pick up an application at Wheeler City Hall and contact City Manager Geoff Wullschlager (503)368-5767 for more details.

*The Wheeler Community Garden is sanctioned by the City of Wheeler

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