Oregon Historic lecture at Ft. Clatsop this weekend


On Sunday, October 19, 2008, Robert Hamm’s free lecture, “Becoming Oregon: A Printed History,” will be in the Netul Room at the visitor center at Ft. Clatsop.

Black Lewis & Clark map by NW Limited...History in Vogue $275 (click to see more)

"Black" Lewis & Clark map by NW Limited...History in Vogue $275 (click to see more)

One of the stories he’ll tell will be about how — in the 1830s and 1840s — the United States was prepared to wage war on Great Britain about a disputed territory boundary.

“Hamm will share information from newspapers, woodcuts, accurate and inaccurate maps, and early photographs, telling stories ranging from the Lewis and Clark Expedition (1804-06) to the Lewis and Clark Exposition (1905).”

For more information, call the park at (503) 861-2471.
Lewis & Clark Maps at NW Limited…History in VogueTM
Lewis and Clark National Historical Park

Ronald Wilson Reagan

On this day, June 5, 2004, our 40th President passed away at his home in Bel Air.
Born February 6, 1911 in Tampico, Illinois, Reagan wore many hats over the course of his 93 year life. He served as both an enlisted soldier and commissioned officer in the US Army, was a television and film actor, President of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) (1947-1952 & 1959), Governor of the State of California (1967-1975) and the 40th President of the United States (1981-1989).

While the fall of communism may serve as his most potent legacy, he is survived by wife Nancy and three grown children. Many streets, buildings, schools and organizations bear this great man’s name including the final Nimitz-class nuclear aircraft carrier, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76).
From the Flightline: This Day in History

History comes alive

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission will welcome the public to a living-history event to celebrate the North Head Light House 110th anniversary at Cape Disappointment State Park near Ilwaco from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 17 and 18.
Historians will portray people who figured prominently in the lighthouse’s early years.
North Head light began operation May 16, 1898.
Its construction was necessitated by the high number of shipwrecks still occurring in the area, despite the existence of other lights marking the entrance to the Columbia River Bar:
Dead Reckoning of the Pacific Graveyard
Enlargement of the Columbia River Bar area from NW Limited’s Dead Reckoning of the Pacific Graveyard, depicting just the shipwrecks at the river’s mouth
The mouth of the river was treacherous, with deadly currents and tricky channels as well as the weather, which was prone to change. It claimed its toll in human lives as well as lost cargo.
In contrast to the countless lives saved since its inception, North Head light itself has a dark secret: In 1923, the keeper’s wife leapt from the cliff, falling 130 feet to hear death.
The lighthouse fell into disrepair in the years following the keeper’s obsolescence (the light was automated in 1961).
Luckily, the United States Coast Guard came to the rescue in 1984, and restored it, allowing it to open to the public under the direction of Cape Disappointment State Park.
Don’t miss this bit of living history, even if you can’t attend the event this weekend.

To order your shipwreck chart, call 503-338-6056 or email bill@nwlimited.com
We promise to give you the whole thing, not just the tiny portion shown above.

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Living history event highlights lighthouse (Daily Astorian)
North Head Lighthouse




Midway Museum celebrates 100 years of Navy in San Diego

100 years ago today, April 14th, Teddy Roosevelt’s Great White Fleet arrived in San Diego Bay.
The USS Ronald Reagan, one of the Navy’s newest aircraft carriers, is moored nearby the USS Midway (CVB-41) Museum, which is unveiling a new historic exhibit to celebrate. If you’re a VIP, you can attend the reception, complete with a Teddy Roosevelt impersonator!
Old and new, there’s a great deal of history in between, and the new exhibit sounds like the perfect way, in the best place to experience it.
The new displays open to the public on Tuesday.

Happy 100 years from NW Limited…History in VogueTM!

Read more, here:
Museum Prepares To Celebrate San Diego-Navy Anniversary

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Dogs for dinner

This weekend, March 29, 2008, the Cathlapotle Plank House within Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge near Vancouver, Washington, will open for the season.
202 years ago that day, along their journey home, the Lewis & Clark expedition stopped there for the night. Their goal was a break from the rough paddling against the current, and to stock up on dogs; not the “hot” kind, but certainly for eating. Ten of them were procured, and the Corps was on its way East once more.
To mark the occasion, living history actor Tom Laidlaw, will lead a walk and answer questions as Meriwether Lewis.
Admission is free, and the plankhouse is open from noon to four p.m. which will continue through October 26.
Lewis tells it like it was
Plankhouse website


skies at night, sailor’s delight. Red in the morning, sailors take warning…”
So goes the oft-quoted maritime adage.
The color red is often associated with love…
NW Limited…History in VogueTM proudly presents:

DC Comics’ Superman #9 of a limited run of 15 autographed pieces. $200
Complete with stamps, postmarks as well as the autograph of Brandon Routh, star of Superman Returns! COA for the signature comes with, along with your personalized letter of ownership.

Jimmy Stewart #28/50. $200
You get the USPS commemorative stamp and first-day-issue postmark, a high-quality photo reproduced from an original negative…and…a certified authentic autograph by Jimmy himself!
This gathering of historic Hollywood memorabilia is incomparable to anything else you will find for sale.
Don’t forget the box!
Each piece comes custom-boxed to you.
If you’ve got a Jimmy Stewart or Superman fan on your “give” list, or someone to impress, these will do the job.
bill@nwlimited.com or 503-338-6056

On the radio today KAST 1370

Did you catch it?
Tuned to KAST am Radio 1370  from 4 pm to 5 pm, you would have heard Bill Brooks of NW Limited as a guest on the Dezmo Zone.

Coast Guard Station Tillamook Bay

March 7, 2008 marked Coast Guard Station Tillamook Bay’s 100-year Anniversary!
On this date in 1908, Barview Lifesaving Station was established on the then-largest unprotected section of Oregon coastline. 
Capt. Robert Farley was the Keeper, beginning Mar. 7, 1908 and served in that capacity until May of 1934.
The original station was located one and a half miles north of Garibaldi.  Sold to a private party in 1942, another was then built. 
In 1981,  Station Tillamook Bay was inaugurated along with a boathouse and haul-out facility.
Historic photographs, movies, and the station’s scrap book were displayed as part of the celebration.  A search-and-rescue demonstration was planned as well as tours of boats, station and equipment. 
NW Limited was there to honor this prestigious occasion!  
Here are a few pictures:

A memorial to the 11 lives lost on the Taki Tooo and other boats and lives lost on the Tillamook Bar (seen in the distance behind the memorial itself on the horizon)

The bell from the wreck of the Glenesslin, one of the most famous shipwrecks along this stretch of coastline.

SAR demonstration, which is tricky in any kind of weather…just imagine the wind blowing 70 knots and swells of 30 ft. It happens! These are the guys to call!

Just one of the many pages of memorabilia representing events these men and women have responded to. If you click the image above, it should bring up a readable image.
The personal notes from the loved ones of the lost lives are heartbreaking, but represent the very real risk in light of life amidst the elements of the Oregon coast.

NW Limited’s “Dead Reckoning” chart was one of the stars of this presentation of Oregon coast and Coast Guard history, and received much admiration for the sheer volume of history presented in such a beautiful manner.
(Click on the above photo to be taken to a slide show with more photos from the event.)
The United States Coast Guard provides our country with priceless dedication to patrolling our waterways, performing above and beyond the call of duty to ensure safety of boaters, the public, also security of country.
We at NW Limited…History in VogueTM thank you for that, and for including us in your special day.

The United States Coast Guard History in the Columbia River Area
U.S. Coast Guard Station Tillamook Bay to Celebrate 100-year anniversary March 7 (Daily Astorian)
USCG Station Tillamook Bay Area Familiarization Photo Gallery

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The father of the telephone was born this day in 1847. He passed away in 1922, but his telephonic contribution to our society continues to be a tremendous factor in everyday life. Not as many of us realize that Mr. Bell was also considered to be influential in aeronautics as well as a founding member of the National Geographic Society.
Use that famous, historic invention of his to make a date with destiny and experience History in VogueTM for yourself.

Treasure awaits discovery on the coast

Storms eventually give back what they once took.

You don’t need to do much more than look out your window to see that we’ve had a rough winter. 
The evidence is everywhere in landslides, structure damage, trees twisted, bent and shattered.  That same weather has also had the effect of exposing shipwrecks both currently known as well as revealing mysteries.
In mid-December of 2007, a 21-ft. piece of a pre 19th-century, partially-burned shipwreck washed ashore near Ocean Shores, Washington. (click for news link) The wreck that it came from has not been identified, but it could be any number of possibilities in a region rich with stories similar.
If you’ve recently ventured
out to Ft. Stevens, you’ve
likely noticed that the Peter Iredale’s more visible than usual.
The violent action of Winter surf and wind have stripped away her shroud of sand, providing great photo opportunities and sightseeing.
         Hidden for a hundred years, another shipwreck has emerged from the dunes near Coos Bay, Oregon. (link to news story) No one seems yet to be able to indentify the wreck, but its construction dates it to the late 1800s. A schooner-turned-barge once plied the waters of Oregon, disappearing into the sands of a southern beach. Forgotten until the elements exposed her, speculation abounds. The hows, the whys and whens are questions leading the mind along limitless paths of possibility. 

Detail of Dead Reckoning showing some of the positions of shipwrecks at the mouth of the Columbia River.

Shipwreck lore makes fascinating history, rife with romantic notions of treasures lost, of life and death heroism.
In truth, the stories behind these maritime misfortunes range from utter tragedy to simple, uneventful groundings in which all hands merely stepped onto the sand entrapping their ship, and walked ashore. Destinies were changed in light of capricious currents, churlish channels and surprise storms. Each story plays out to an end, though many also carry beginnings along with them:
Place names were gained, sometimes a town was begun where shipwrecks deposited large numbers of survivors in one area.
In more than one instance, a survivor met and married their mate at the site of a wreck, and settled there to become part of the place that claimed the very ship they’d arrived on.
If you do your research, you will find a wealth of true-to-life adventure, even treasure may just be lurking beneath the sand,
or preserved within the Pacific’s depths.


 “Dead Reckoning of the Pacific Graveyard” shipwreck chart by NW Limited…History in VogueTM
(click on chart to view the readable, large lithograph only version)

From Tillamook Bay north to Pt. Grenville, the shipwrecks of the Pacific Graveyard are represented on NW Limited…History in Vogue’s “Dead Reckoning” shipwreck chart. Along the left edge, the names, dates and summaries of the wrecks read like prose, leading you into a reverie of maritime history. These are stories of the earliest civilization in this region.  The lithographs are $50.

Before Lewis & Clark arrived, there were already centuries worth of shipwrecks which had occurred and influenced the native people, therefore changing the course of history.
Collaboration with numerous sources including shipwreck author Don Marshall has ensured the best possible representation of date, location and circumstances as well as identity. Many of these are in the process of being researched even now. (see link to the Beeswax Project as example, below).
Not all “treasure” is tangible, after all.
So: chart a course for historic adventure, and intriguing discovery. Own for yourself, or give as a gift, the ultimate piece of local history, “Dead Reckoning of the Pacific Graveyard” by NW Limited…History in VogueTM.
Contact: Bill Brooks 503-338-6056 or email: bill@nwlimited.com
Other links of interest:
Shipwreck Registry of Oregon
Columbia River Maritime Museum
Nehalem Beeswax Wreck Project