Coast Guard Station Tillamook Celebrates 100-Year Anniversary

SEATTLE – The crew of Coast Guard Station Tillamook Bay celebrated its 100th year anniversary in a ceremony and open house today.

“Over the last century, thousands of people have been saved by this station. I can tell you that their enthusiasm for operations was inspiring,” said Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Charles Bowen.

The station held boat tours, tours of an HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter, tours of local fire department and EMS vehicles and a search and rescue (SAR) demonstration. During the SAR demonstration a rescue swimmer was deployed from a helicopter to simulate the recovery of a person in the water.

On March 7, 1908, Barview Lifesaving Station was established approximately one and a half miles north of Garibaldi. Congress finally approved the building plans in 1904 after 10 years of determined pleas by Oregon Representative Binger Hermann. Hermann pointed out that there was not a station for 50 miles in either direction of Tillamook Bay, and that this was the largest unprotected coastline in Oregon.

The first keeper of the station was Captain Robert Farley, who with a crew of six surfmen, patrolled the beaches and executed numerous search and rescue missions often in heavy seas and surf. High profile searches, such as the rescue of the coastline steamer Argo, are a testament to the many challenges he and his crew faced.

The Barview Station was sold to a private buyer in 1942 when a new station was built in the Township of Garibaldi. In 1981 the station moved to its current location on the waterfront in the Port of Garibaldi.

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