THE ALSI HISTORICAL AND GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY WELCOMES YOU TO THE WALDPORT HERITAGE MUSEUM!
Come on in and browse. Admission is free, whether you're visiting online or in person, and we're always happy to see you! Learn more about our community, and the events and people that helped make Waldport such a wonderful place to live.
SNIPPITS OF HISTORY
Photo of Alvin McCleary, courtesy of Lincoln County Historical Society. In Alvin's words, "I was born in San Francisco on July 19, 1868. My father, Robert McCleary, and his wife Adelin, my mother, both came from the West Indies. My mother died when I was one year old and seven months and my father sent me to board with a couple in San Francisco. As I played in the yard in front of a widow, Maria Cooper, she used to stop on her way to work in a switch factory and play with me and give me an apple, an orange, or a piece of cake. She had lost her own little boy when he was six months old, and we became very much attached to each other. Soon she stopped to visit the people where I was living and asked about me. Obtaining my father's address, she secured from him his consent to have her legally adopt me. This was done and for a while I bore her name but when she remarried I took back my father's name.
A BRIEF OVERVIEW OF EARLY DAYS IN WALDPORT
Settlement of Waldport began in 1879 when David Ruble bought squatter's rights from Lint Starr for $300 for property including the area now known as "Old Town". The first post office was established and the town was named Waldport in 1882, with David Ruble as the first postmaster. In 1885 the town was platted, and the plat recorded on September 9, 1885. In 1889 Mill Street had 3 houses, a store, and the Harrison sawmill. By 1911, when Waldport was incorporated, it boasted a dozen businesses and 150 inhabitants....(click to read more)
SOUTH LINCOLN COUNTY TIME LINE OF EVENTS (PDF)
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