The local Seaside History an important chapter of the Oregon history, from the earliest peoples to the present day. The city of Seaside in Oregon was named after Seaside House, a historic resort built by Ben Holladay in 1870's. Before then, indigenous peoples, utilizing the scenic waterways as a source of livelihood, inhabited the area. They lived in peaceful isolation until 1700’s when explorers came to seek of the legendary “Northwest Passage” or the “Great River of the West” to locate a water route across the continent.
In 1792, American Captain Robert Gray entered the mouth of the Columbia River and explored 20 miles up the river. He named the river after his ship "Columbia".
In November 1805, after a year and a half of the long rugged journey, the Lewis and Clark expedition or the “Corps of Discovery” reached the Pacific Coast and set up a winter camp Fort Clatsop near the mouth of the Columbia River. They spent the winter in the vicinity of the Astoria area to prepare for the trip back home. Tired of unsalted meat and fish that spoiled quickly, Lewis and Clark sent an expedition of three men to find a place for a salt making operation. In 1806, the salt making camp was established next to the friendly tribal village in present-day Seaside. They boiled 1,400 gallons of seawater and made four bushels of salt for their trip home.
In 1811, after the successful return of Cops of Discovery, John Jacob Astor established fur trading post and Fort Astoria at the mouth of Columbia River. In early 1820's, newly-arrived people formed permanent settlements and claimed land.
A French ex-patriot and veteran of the Franco-Prussian War, Alexandre Gilbert moved to live in Oregon in 1881. He had a property in Seaside and donated some part of it to build one of the most iconic landmarks that make it possible to experience the Pacific from a great vantage point. Once mayor of Seaside, Alexandre Gilbert’s generosity is the reason you can enjoy lovely strolls along the 1.5-mile long Promenade or Prom as the locals call it. Gilbert Inn was added to the famous beach property of Alexandre Gilbert in 1892 and has been in operation ever since.
In the early 1850's, Portlanders began vacationing at the coast. They traveled by water down the Columbia River to Astoria, then by stagecoach on wagon roads to Seaside. The opening of the rail service between Astoria and Seaside in 1888, as well as between Portland and Astoria in 1898, made the region more accessible to commercial and recreational activities.
Seaside history has many more landmarks that have stood through many events. Once you tired of exploring the Seaside history, you can recluse for a quiet night at one of the resorts, villas, or vacation homes available. It is a great place for visitors to stay in close proximity to the famous Seaside Promenade and sandy beach.