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Ocean Shores, Washington


A Historical Timeline of Ocean Shores

1792 - Captain Robert Gray in the ship "Columbia" anchors in the bay now known as Grays Harbor on May 7th.

1860 - Matthew McGee - the original homesteader.

1878 - A.O. Damon acquires the southern tip and settles here.

1929 - Ralph Minard, his wife Ruth and his sister Clara takeover their grandfather Damon's cattle ranch.

1930s - During the depression days, several families of "squatters" built camps in what is now the middle of Ocean
Shores. These squatters almost lived off the land ... clams, deer, etc.

1941-42 - The North Jetty was built by the Corps of Engineers, US Army. It replaced a less sturdy one built in 1908.

1960 - A group of investors (Ocean Shores Development Corporation) in January purchase what is now Ocean Shores from the Minards for $1,000,000.00. Later that year, they started selling lots sight unseen at $595 from the first plat maps. As the numbers of lots sold, the prices rose.

1963 - The Marina finally opened.

1964 - The "Razor Clam," a huge electric hydraulic dredge began working on the canal system.

1966 - The "famous" gates to the City were installed.

1966 - Pat Boone's first Ocean Shores celebrity classic 18-hole golf tournament was held. Pat also became a local
resident this year.

1969 - Ocean Shores was declared the "Richest Little City" with an assessed evaluation of $35 million and 900
permanent residents.

1970 - Ocean Shores becomes an incorporated city.

1971 - The first school opened.

1972 - Population: 909

1973 - "McQ," the famous movie featuring John Wayne was filmed in Ocean Shores.

1973 - The bridge at Ocean Lake Way on the Grand Canal was replaced.

1980 - The cruise ship, Catala, was brought from the Seattle World's Fair to Damon Point to serve as a floating hotel. A winter storm grounded the ship, and sand accreted around the rusting relic. The beached ship remained a tourist attraction until its removal from the point in 1980.

1980 - Population: 1,777

1986 - Kurt Cobain, from Nirvana, worked part-time as a maintenance man at the Polynesian Inn Resort to pay his rent.

1990 - Population: 2,301

1994 - The Ginny Simms Restaurant at the Ocean Shores Inn is torn down to make way for the new Shilo Inn.

1995 & 1998 - Ocean Shores sewer systems installed. All property owners discover what a "Sewer LID" is.

1999 - Construction of the Quinault Beach Resort & Casino begins.

2000 - Population: 3,836

2001 - Visitor Count: 3,254,211

2003 - National Recreational Properties buys hundreds and hundreds of lots in Ocean Shores and resells them to
Californians for triple or quadrupal the original price. The invasion begins. NRP's frontperson is Erik Estrada from the
popular television show "CHIPS."

2002 - 85 New Homes Built

2004 - Ocean Front lots are selling for $50-$80K.

2004 - Population: 4,240

2005 - Ocean Front lots are selling for $180-$300K.

2005 - The Ramada opens on Ocean Shores Blvd NW with its indoor waterpark.

2005 - Seattle developers start building numerous condos down at the Jetty.

2005 - The bridge at Ocean Lake Way on the Grand Canal was replaced.

2005 - Visitor Count: 4,163,633

2005 - 225 New Homes Built

2006 - Ocean Shores' brand new 29,000 square foot Convention Center opens.

Editorials for March 2007 (click on this link)


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