Here history is never remote

We’ve been blessed in our area by folks who’ve taken on local history with passion and who love to share that passion in their words and actions. Among them was Douglas “Bing” Bake who came here in the 1920s from Alberta as an infant. He was a tireless explorer of the area and often lead history walks. If you were lucky he’d take your group to one of his secret places which were often the remains of native settlements. Bing died in 2006.

Local historian Mark Beach picked up Bing’s task and has compiled a wonderful set of historical photographs. Below are some images of Wheeler in Mark’s collection.

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Looking north along Highway 101. Somewhat familiar feeling!
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Snyder Fishing Resort
Hotel Rector
Hotel Rector
Lumber Mill
Lumber Mill
Railroad ran from Tillamook across the Coast Range into Washington Co.
Railroad ran from Tillamook across the Coast Range into Washington Co.
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Wood plank road where Hwy. 101 would eventually run.
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The Old Wheeler Hotel, right, was once the Rinehart Hospital
Salmon fishers
Salmon fishers
Crowd
July 4th Crowd at the Hotel Rector

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Southwest toward lumber mill. Many orginal mill pilings can still be seen.
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Early maps suggested great returns from real estate investments around the bay.
Ocean-going barges carried lumber to California ports
Ocean-going barges carried lumber to California ports

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