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20 Interesting And Awesome Facts About Seaside, Oregon, United States

Seaside is a city in Clatsop County, Oregon, United States, on the coast of the Pacific Ocean. Take a look below for 20 interesting and awesome facts about Seaside, Oregon, United States.

1. The name Seaside is derived from Seaside House, a historic summer resort built in the 1870s by railroad magnate Ben Holladay.

2. The city’s population was 6,457 at the 2010 census.

3. The Clatsop were a historic Native American tribe that had a village named Ne-co-tat (in their Chinook language) in this area.

4. Indigenous peoples had long inhabited the coastal area.

5. About January 1, 1806, a group of men from the Lewis and Clark Expedition built a salt-making cairn at the site later developed as Seaside.

6. The city was not incorporated until February 17, 1899, when coastal resort areas were being settled.

7. It is about 79 miles (127 km) by car northwest of Portland, Oregon, a major population center.

8. In 1912, Alexandre Gilbert (1843–1932) was elected Mayor of Seaside. Gilbert was a French immigrant, a veteran of the Franco Prussian War (1870-1871).

9. After living in San Francisco, California and Astoria, Oregon, Gilbert moved to Seaside where he had a beach cottage (built in 1885). Gilbert was a real estate developer who donated land to the City of Seaside for its one-and-a-half-mile-long Promenade, or “Prom,” along the Pacific beach.

10. In 1892, he added to his beach cottage. Nearly 100 years later, what was known as the Gilbert House was operated commercially as the Gilbert Inn since the mid-1980s.

11. Both it and Gilbert’s eponymous “Gilbert Block” office building on Broadway still survive.

12. Gilbert died at home in Seaside and is interred in Ocean View Abbey Mausoleum in Warrenton.

13. Part of Seaside is located in a tsunami inundation zone. Among other preparation, the City of Seaside has embarked on a program in which residents above the zone are asked to volunteer to store within their homes barrels of medical supplies, water purification systems, emergency rations, tarps, and radios, with each barrel having enough supplies to last 20 individuals for at least 3 days.

14. As of January 2017, there are 119 barrels within volunteer households and a waiting list of interested households.

15. Seismologists estimate that there is a one in three chance that Seaside will be hit by an earthquake and tsunami within the next fifty years.

16. On Tues. Nov. 8, 2016, Seaside citizens voted 65% to 35% to issue $99.7 million in bonds to move the remaining three schools out of the tsunami inundation zone.

17. Seaside holds an art walk the first Saturday of each month from March through December.

18. Several galleries are located along Broadway street in the historic Gilbert District.

19. The Seaside Jazz Festival (formerly the Oregon Dixieland Jubilee) was a long-running annual festival that featured some of the most popular Trad Jazz and Swing bands in the US and Canada.

20. Seaside hosts an annual 4th of July celebration which includes a parade, outdoor concerts, and one of the largest fireworks displays on the west coast.

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