PACIFIC BEACH - WASHINGTON

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Population 1000

Besides its early manifestation as a sawmill town, Pacific Beach has always been a resort destination of sorts, ever since trapper and hunter Henry Blodget first settled that part of the coast during the mid-19th century. He homesteaded 160 acres and eventually gave part of his land to his friend Roundtree with the stipulation that he build a $500 home. Roundtree built an $800 house which later became the site of the Pacific Beach Hotel.

In 1902, the Northern Pacific Railway got the right-of-way to Pacific Beach from the Aberdeen-Hoquiam area. The rutted and mostly wood plank roads in those days were practically impassable.

 

1908

 

The beach soon became a popular destination for Sunday train excursions - even from as far away as Seattle. In 1906, the Pacific Beach Hotel opened and prospered as a resort destination until the Navy took it over during World War II. Anti-aircraft recruits trained here and sharpened their aim by blasting targets pulled by Navy planes.

 

1924

 

Main Street ends at the shore of the Pacific.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One of the few buildings that were originally designed as a shop.

Now a second hand shop.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once a familyhome.
Now transformed in a touristshop.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Another familyhome transformed in Bakery and Coffeeshop.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Most villages along the shore are dying: 'only retired naval man are living here'.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Living here and working as shopkeeper.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The oldest original stone building? Built as a shop. In the centre of the street.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The only Mainstreet in the USA with a Tsunami warning?