The “Daddy Train”

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...

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The Orphan Tsumani

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...

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The Story Behind Glass Floats

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...

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Emily Reed Shipwreck

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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Airplane Rides from the Beach

Airplane Rides from the Beach

At the end of World War I, people visiting Rockaway Beach could enjoy a ride in an authentic war plane right from the beach. The bi-planes used the sand as an airstrip and the pilots sold tickets to passengers who wanted to experience a rare opportunity to fly along...

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Old Growth Cedar Wetlands Preserve

Old Growth Cedar Wetlands Preserve

By far Rockaway Beach’s largest resident is a mammoth Western Red Cedar. This rare treasure is 49 feet in circumference, making it among one of Oregon’s largest trees. It resides inside a 45-acre old growth Cedar wetlands preserve in the coastal forest behind Rockaway...

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The Original Pronto Pup

The Original Pronto Pup

Here’s a remarkable story you may not have heard: did you know the Pronto Pup - a battered hot dog on a stick - was invented right here in Rockaway Beach? True story. George and Versa Boyington ran a very successful hotdog stand on the beach in the late 1930s. Every...

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Twin Rocks

Twin Rocks

Wide enough to fly a helicopter through Originally called “Profile Rocks” this majestic structure was renamed in 1925 due to another Profile Rocks in the region. Millions of years of erosion have worn away the once fully-connected...

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