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"Beards Hollow and Deadmans Hollow, Washington"
Includes ... Beards Hollow ... Deadmans Hollow ... The Golden Age of Postcards ...
Image, 2005, Pacific Ocean just north of North Head, at Beards Hollow Overlook, click to enlarge
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Pacific Ocean from Beards Hollow Overlook. Pacific Ocean, from bluff north of North Head, overlooking Beards Hollow, approximately 2 miles south of Seaview. On November 15, 1805, Captain Lewis reached the Pacific Ocean near modern-day Seaview, Washington. Image taken April 19, 2005.


Beards Hollow...
Beards Hollow is located at Cape Disappointment on the Washington Coast, south of Seaview, Washington, and north of the North Head Lighthouse. On November 15, 1805, Captain Lewis reached the Pacific Ocean near Beards Hollow. Beards Hollow was named after Captain E.N. Beard whose ship, the bark Vandalia, met disaster off the mouth of the Columbia River in 1853. The crew was lost and Captain Beard's body was found on the beach near the hollow.

Image, 2005, Beards Hollow, click to enlarge
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Beards Hollow. Image taken April 19, 2005.
Image, 2005, Beards Hollow, click to enlarge
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Beards Hollow. Image taken April 19, 2005.


West Wind Trail ...
The mile-long West Wind Trail goes from the rocky outcrop of North Head Lighthouse to the old growth forests of Beards Hollow. From there one can travel the beach the four miles to Long Beach.

Beards Hollow - Deadmans Hollow ...
Beards Hollow and Deadmans Hollow were named for the same circumstances - the sinking of the Vandalia in 1853. However, Beards Hollow lies on the north side of North Head and Deadmans Hollow lies on the south.

Robert Hitchman in Place Names of Washington (1985) writes:

  • Beards Hollow: (T10N R11W Sec.32) A circular beach in a hollow at the base of a cliff, on Pacific Ocean, 1 mile west of Ilwaco, southwest Pacific County. It was named for Capt. E.N. Beard who ship, the bark Vanalia, foundered off the mouth of the Columbia River in 1853. All hands were lost, and Beard's body was found on the beach near this hollow.

  • Deadmans Hollow: (T9N R11W Sec.5) A dangerous hollow on the Pacific Ocean, between North Head and Peacock Spit, southwest Pacific County. In 1853, when the bark Vandalia foundered at the mouth of Columbia River, all hands were lost and some of the bodies drifted into this hollow. Over a period of years, several drowned fishermen have also been found here.

Image, 2005, Pacific Ocean just north of North Head, at Beards Hollow Overlook, click to enlarge
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Beach at Beards Hollow and the Pacific Ocean, north of North Head and south of Seaview, Washington. Pacific Ocean, from bluff north of North Head, overlooking Beards Hollow, approximately 2 miles south of Seaview. On November 15, 1805, Captain Lewis reached the Pacific Ocean near modern-day Seaview, Washington. Image taken April 19, 2005.


"The Golden Age of Postcards" ...

The early 1900s was the "Golden Age of Postcards", with the "Penny Postcard" being a popular way to send greetings to family and friends. Today the Penny Postcard has become a snapshot of history.

Penny Postcard, Beards Hollow, Washington, ca.1920s
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Penny Postcard: Beards Hollow, near Seaview, Washington, ca.1920s. Penny Postcard, ca.1920s, "View from Beards Hollow, Near Sea View, Wash.". Published by Wesley Andrews, Baker, Oregon. Card #625. In the private collection of Lyn Topinka.
Penny Postcard, Dead Man's Hollow, Washington, ca.1930s
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Penny Postcard: Dead Man's Hollow, Cape Disappointment, Washington, ca.1930s.
NOTE: This is actually another view of Beard's Hollow.
Penny Postcard, ca.1930s, "Dead Man's Hollow from Ocean Beach Highway, Long Beach, Wash.". Photo by Wesley Andrews, Portland, Oregon. Card #626, In the private collection of Lyn Topinka.


From the Journals of Lewis and Clark ...

Clark, November 19, 1805 ...
after takeing a Sumptious brackfast of venison which was rosted on Stiks exposed to the fire, I proceeded on through ruged Country of high hills and Steep hollers [including today's North Head, Deadmans Hollow, and Beards Hollow] on a course from the Cape [Cape Disappointment] N 20° W. 5 miles on a Direct line to the Commencement of a Sandy Coast [Long Beach Peninsula] which extended N. 10° W. from the top of the hill above the Sand Shore to a Point of high land distant near 20 miles [Leadbetter Point]. this point I have taken the Liberty of Calling after my particular friend Lewis— at the commencement of this Sand beech the high lands leave the Sea coast in a Direction to Chinnook river [Chinook or Wallacut River] , and does not touch the Sea Coast again <untill> below point Lewis [Leadbetter Point] leaveing a low pondey countrey, maney places open with small ponds in which there is great numbr. of fowl     I am informed that the Chinnook Nation inhabit this low countrey and live in large wood houses on a river which passes through this bottom Parrilal to the Sea coast and falls into the Bay



I proceeded on the Sandy Coast 4 miles, and marked my name on a Small pine, the Day of the month & year, &c. [near the location of present day Long Beach] and returned to the foot of the hill, from which place I intended to Strike across to The Bay [Baker Bay], ...     after Dineing on the remains of our Small Deer I proceeded through over a land S E with Some Ponds [possibly one being Black Lake] to the bay [Baker Bay] distance about 2 miles, thence up to the mouth of Chinnook river [mistake, the Wallacut River, west of the Chinook River] 2 miles, crossed this little river in the Canoe we left at its mouth and Encamped [Wallacut River] on the upper Side in an open Sandy bottom— The hills [Ilwaco, Washington area] next to the bay [Baker Bay] Cape disapointment [Cape Disappointment] to a Short distance up the Chinnook river [Wallacut River] is not verry high thickly Coverd. with different Species of pine &c. maney of which are large, I observed in maney places pine of 3 or 4 feet through growing on the bodies of large trees which had fallen down, and covered with moss and yet part Sound. ...





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*River Miles [RM] are approximate, in statute miles, and were determined from USGS topo maps, obtained from NOAA nautical charts, or obtained from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers website, 2003

Sources: Hitchman, R., 1985, Place Names of Washington, Washington State Historical Society;

All Lewis and Clark quotations from Gary Moulton editions of the Lewis and Clark Journals, University of Nebraska Press, all attempts have been made to type the quotations exactly as in the Moulton editions, however typing errors introduced by this web author cannot be ruled out; location interpretation from variety of sources, including this website author.
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