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"Fish Station, Mayger, Oregon"
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Image, 2005, Mayger Fishing Station, from Willow Grove, click to enlarge
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Old Net Shed and Fishing Station, Mayger, Oregon, as seen from Willow Grove, Washington. Foggy day. Image taken March 5, 2005.


Old Fishing Station ...
An early 1900s fishing station is located at Mayger, just downstream of Green Point. Good views of the station can be had from across the Columbia at the park at Willow Grove, Washington. In the early 1900s the docks at Mayger contained net sheds and fish-buying stations.   (Note: is this the station belonging to the Union Fisherman's Packing Company ???)

Views of the old Fish Station ...

Image, 2013, Mayger, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Mayger Fish Station, Mayger, Oregon, as seen from Willow Grove, Washington. Overcast gray day. Image taken November 9, 2013.
Image, 2012, Mayger, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Mayger Fish Station, Mayger, Oregon. Overcast gray day. Image taken August 27, 2012.
Image, 2012, Mayger, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Mayger Fish Station, Mayger, Oregon. Overcast gray day. Image taken August 27, 2012.
Image, 2005, Old fishing station, Mayger, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Old fishing station, Mayger, Oregon. Image taken February 21, 2005.
Image, 2005, Mayger Fishing Station, from Willow Grove, click to enlarge
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Old Net Shed and Fishing Station, Mayger, Oregon, as seen from Willow Grove, Washington. Image taken July 28, 2005.


Collapse of the Net Shed ...
Owner plans restaurant, museum at site of toppled Clatskanie dock
The Daily News Online, August 20, 2012, by Amy M.E. Fischer

"A week after part of the century-old Mayger fish station collapsed into the Columbia River near Clatskanie, the property owner said he plans to salvage the old timbers to restore the historic fish packing warehouse into a restaurant and museum.

“There’s a lot of history here. Huge history,” the owner, Jack Davis of Milwaukie, Ore., said Monday.

The evening of Aug. 11, the net shed — a 40-foot-wide, 300-foot-long building where generations of fishermen repaired and prepped their nets — toppled into the water. Davis, 47, said he was told the pilings had been pulled out from beneath it, possibly by a boat witnesses spotted in the area when the shed fell. Other witnesses said a wake may have toppled the building.

“It went like dominoes because it’s built in sections,” Davis said.

But Davis, a former Portland recycling center owner who bought the property in 2004, isn’t upset about the loss of the shed, which was visible from Willow Grove Park’s boat launch across river in Longview. He’d been planning to replace it next summer with a dock, anyway, so boaters would have a place to moor their vessels when they visited the waterfront restaurant and museum he intends to create inside the property’s two-story warehouse.

Davis’s goal is to open next summer. In the meantime, though, the property is listed for sale for $975,000. Davis said he’d only sell to the right buyer who understood and valued the property’s historical significance and had a good plan. He’s also interested in selling the hundreds of enormous old-growth logs submerged on the property in the river that he discovered with ground-penetrating radar, he said.

From 1910 to 1998, fishermen sold millions of pounds of salmon at the fish station, said Davis, who has all the purchase records. Every season for a nearly 50 years, he said, there were about 10 different salmon runs in Greens Creek, which empties into the Columbia River nearby.

“The fish volume was phenomenal,” he marveled.

At the Mayger fish station warehouse, workers would pack fish in ice and load it onto trucks for transport to canneries and processing centers. The property also has a boat lift and a boat-building workshop where wood was steamed and bent into planking for boat hulls.

Those buildings are more solidly built than the net shed, said Davis, who will reuse the shed’s clear-grain fir when renovating the warehouse. He hopes local businesses and community members will be interested enough in the project to become partners in restoring the property and collecting artifacts for display for public enjoyment.

“This is great history, and we’re going to work to make sure it’s around for a long time,” said Davis, who has experience restoring some old Portland houses from the ground up."


Image, 2012, Mayger, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Mayger Fish Station with collapsed Net Shed, Mayger, Oregon. Overcast gray day. Image taken August 27, 2012.


From the Journals of Lewis and Clark ...

Clark, November 6, 1805, first draft ...
a cold wet morning. rain Contd. untill [blank] oClock     we Set out early [from Prescott Beach, Oregon, area] & proceeded on the Corse of last night &c.

N. 50° W. 1 mile
on the Lard. Side under Some high land.    bold rockey Shore

N. 60° W. 1 mile
under a bold rockey Shore on the Lard Side, opsd. the upper point of a Island [Cottonwood Island] close under the Stard Side the high lands closeing the river on that Side [Carrolls Bluff]    above river wide


N. 75° W. 12 miles
to a point of high land on the Lard Side, passed two Lodges on the Lard Side at 2 miles in a bottom, The high land [Carrolls Bluff] leave The river on the Stard. Side.    passd. a remarkable Knob of high land on the Stard. Side at 3 miles Close on the Waters edge [Mount Coffin, Lewis and Clark missed the Cowlitz River mouth]...    passed a Island nearest the Lard. Side at 10 mile [Walker Island] the head of a Isd. on Std. [Fisher Island] opposit High Cliffs [Green Point, location of today's Mayger, Oregon], with Several Speces of Pine Cedars &c. arber vita & different Species of under groth.

N. 80° W. 2 miles
under a high clift on the Lard Side [Green Point, location of today's Mayger Island]     the lower point of the Island on Stard. [Fisher Island] opposit those hills are Covered thickly ...

N. 88° W. 5 miles
to a high Clift a little below an old village in the Stard. bend [possibly Bunker Hill, the location of today's Stella, Washington] and opposit an old village on a Lard. point of a handsom & extensive bottom [Beaver Slough/Clatskanie River bottom].     passed a Island in the middle of the river 3 miles long and one wide [Crims Island], passed a Small Island Close on the Stard. Side [Gull Island] & a lower point of a former Isld. below which the lands high & with Clifts to the river Stard. Side

S. 45° W. 5 miles
under a Clift of verry high land on the Stard. side [possibly the Oak Point and Eagle Cliff area] wind high a head. ...

S. 50° W. 1 mile
under a high rockey Hill of pine. The Indians leave us, Steep assent, Som Clifts

S. 75° W. 1 mile
under a high hill with a bold rocky Shore, high assent     river about 1 mile wide

West 1 mile
under a high Steep hill bold rockey Shore, Encampd under the hill on Stones [near Cape Horn of Wahkiakum County] Scercely land Sufficent between the hills and river Clear of the tide for us to lie. Cloudy & rain all wet and disagreeable. this evening made large fires on the Stones and dried our bedding. ...



Clark, November 6, 1805 ...
A cool wet raney morning we Set out [from their camp at Prescott Beach] early at 4 miles pass 2 Lodges of Indians in a Small bottom on the Lard Side I believe those Indians to be travelers. opposit is <the head of a long narrow Island close under the Starboard Side [Cottonwood Island], back of this Island two Creeks fall in about 6 miles apart,> [Cowlitz River delta, Longview, Washington. Today the "two Creeks" are the Cowlitz River and Coal Creek Slough.] and appear to head in the high hilley countrey to the N. E. opposit <this long Island is 2 others one Small and about the middle of the river> the other larger and nearly opposit its lower point [today the location of Walker Island and Lord Island complex], and opposit a high clift of Black rocks [Green Point, location of Mayger, Oregon] on the Lard. Side at 14 miles; ...     here the hills leave the river on the Lard. Side, a butifull open and extensive bottom [Clatskanie River delta] in which there is an old Village, one also on the Stard. Side a little above both of which are abandened by all their inhabitents except Two Small dogs nearly Starved, and an unreasonable portion of flees— The Hills and mountains are covered with Sever kinds of Pine— ...     Some willow on the waters edge,   passed an Island 3 miles long and one mile wide [Crims Island ... Crims Island is separated from the Oregon shore by the Bradbury Slough.], <one> close under the Stard. Side below the <long narrow Island> below which the Stard Hills are verry from the river bank and Continues high and rugid on that Side all day, ... [Lewis and Clark pass, but do not mention today's Germany Creek, Abernethy Creek, and Mill Creek]     we came too to Dine on the long narrow Island [Crims Island] found the woods So thick with under groth that the hunters could not get any distance into the Isld. ...     river about one mile wide hills high and Steep on the Std. [cliffs of Oak Point] no place for several Miles suffcently large and leavil for our camp we at length Landed at a place [Eagle Cliff and Cape Horn, Wahkiakum County] which by moveing the Stones we made a place Sufficently large for the party to lie leavil on the Smaller Stones Clear of the Tide     Cloudy with rain all day we are all wet and disagreeable, had large fires made on the Stone and dried our bedding and Kill the flees, which collected in our blankets at every old village we encamped near     I had like to have forgotten a verry remarkable Knob [Mount Coffin, Longview, Washington, now destroyed] riseing from the edge of the water to about 80 feet high, and about 200 paces around at its Base and Situated <on the long narrow Island> [Longview, Washington area, the Cowlitz River delta] above and nearly opposit to the 2 Lodges we passed to day, it is Some distance from the high land & in a low part of the Island [Cowlitz River delta]





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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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