Historical Sites

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Pacific County Courthouse

300 Memorial Drive, South Bend
The stately Pacific County Courthouse was built in 1911. The Courthouse was dubbed “The Gilded Palace of Extravagance” at the time due to its high costs. The cost of the building, art glass dome included, added up to $132,000. Due to money constraints, interior marble and other costly materials were eliminated. Later, in the 1940’s, the Commissioners made up for the lack of interior detail by assigning a County jail inmate who happened to be an artist the task of painting the panels in the foyer with scenes from the early history of the County. He also painted the cement columns on the second floor of the rotunda to look like marble. At a distance, visitors still mistake the fake marbling for the real thing.

 Willie Keil’s Grave

Probably one of the most well know gravesites of the area due to it’s unique story. A memorial was erected in 1960 and reads: “On the hill behind is the grave of Willie Keil, nineteen year old son of Doctor William Keil of the Bethel Colony that came west to settle here in 1855. Willie was to have driven the lead team in the wagon train which was to leave Bethle, Missouri in the month of May, 1855.

Four days before their departure Willie died. Because of his great desire to go west with the group, the decision was made to take the body along. It was placed in a lead lined box and filled with alcohol. The sealed coffin was carried in a wagon renovated as a hearse which led the train west. Willie was buried here the day after Christmas, December 26, 1855.”

 

Tokeland Hotel

The Tokeland Hotel was originally built as a farmhouse in 1886 by William and Lizzie Kindred. In 1899, in response to the popularity of Tokeland as a summer beach resort, they added rooms to their home and turned it into “Kindred’s Tokeland Hotel”. The golf course, riding stables, and gun club at the hotel gave guests plenty of activities to fill their days.

Visitors to Tokeland in the early 1900’s took a steamer from South Bend to Tokeland, or traveled by horse-drawn coach along the beach from Westport. The Tokeland Inn was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1978. Today the Tokeland Hotel still offers comfortable rooms and a full service restaurant to its’ guests. It is the oldest operating inn in Washington.

The Willapa Harbor Chamber of Commerce

Discovery and Adventure Awaits!

Take a step back in time and explore the charming farming communities of Raymond, South Bend, Bay Center, Menlo, Lebam & Frances, located in the beautiful Willapa Hills. Historic Willapa Harbor is home to a vibrant fishing and oyster farming industry, a wide array of agriculture farms, an amazing art corridor, winery and breweries, and a spectacular variety of outdoor adventures. The history of the area is revealed through the many historical sites, including the South Bend County Courthouse with an anstonishing stained glass rotunda and the Raymond Theater featuring classic art deco era architecture with many fine arts performances & movies through out the year. The Northwest Carriage Museum our region's most visited tourist destination will stun your senses as you tour through its vast collection. Our Seaport Museum and the Pacific County Historical Society collections, along with our architecturally impressive Library buildings, bring to life our vibrant past. The WHCC are the proud stewards of the restored 1900's Craftsman Community Center available for special event rentals.

Come and experience the beauty of Willapa Harbor while discovering the stories that make this place so special.

 

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