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Couple flying kites, Rockaway Beach, Oregon

Rockaway Beach Kite Festival
offers airborne showmanship

Every August, the American Kitefliers Association, the largest kiting organization in the world, sponsors the Rockaway Beach Kite Festival. The event, which is based at the Rockaway Beach Wayside, a large parking area in the center of town, affords the public an...

The “Daddy Train”

We aren’t kidding when we say that some things never change around here. The first passenger train came to Rockaway Beach in 1912, and you can still enjoy a train ride to our little beach town thanks to the Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad. Prior to the railroad being...
Rolling waves near Twin Rocks, Rockaway Beach, Oregon

The Orphan Tsumani

A simulated tsunami reaches Japan ten hours after its start along the Pacific coast of North America. On the evening on January 26, 1700 a mysterious tsunami struck the villages and fields on the coast of Japan. After being “orphaned” for over 300 years, scientists...
Green glass ball, Rockaway Beach, Oregon

The Story Behind Glass Floats

Glass floats, glass fishing floats, or Japanese glass fishing floats are popular collectors’ items. They were once used by fishermen in many parts of the world to keep their nets afloat. These glass floats are no longer being used by fishermen, but many of them are...
Remains of the Emily Reed Shipwreck, Rockaway Beach, Oregon

Emily Reed Shipwreck

Every now and then the sands on the beach shift just right, revealing a shipwreck more than 100 years old. Only a few feet beneath the sand are the last remaining pieces of a harrowing shipwreck that claimed the lives of eight crewmen. The Emily G. Reed, a 215-foot...

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