ON THE ROAD
Clamshell Railroad Days
What: The festival is a celebration of the only railroad that ran with the tides, the IR&N, which served the Long Beach Peninsula from 1889-1930. Events include lectures, bus tours, kids’ crafts and more. There also is the chance to tour the Pullman Passenger car Nahcotta.
When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday
Where: Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum, 115 Lake St., Ilwaco
Looking back: Local historian Harry Bell will give a slide presentation. “Ilwaco Rail & Navigation Co.: Then and Now,” at 11 a.m. Saturday and 11:30 a.m. Sunday. He will be joined by Nancy Gorshe of the Depot in Seaview for a bus tour of the old rail lines. Saturday’s tour goes from Ilwaco to Nahcotta from 2-4 p.m. On Sunday, the tour is from Ilwaco to Megler from 1-3 p.m. The cost is $5.
For the kids: There will be plenty to see and do, including an expanded Lego train and The Kids Craft Caboose. Visiting model railroad clubs from Oregon and Washington will include the return of the Portland Cascade Z-scale with their fantastic diorama. The Mount Rainer N-scale club that brought its 34-foot long exhibit will return with new additions.
About the musuem: Located in the main building and the freight depot of the Ilwaco Railway and Navigation Co., the museum has four main galleries. They look at the Chinookan people who lived in the area before Europeans arrived, the maritime explorers and the Corps of Discovery, a look back at old-time coastal life and the local fishing and timber industries.
Cost: $5 per person, includes a souvenir pin and museum entrance for two days. Free for kids under 12.
Information: 360-642-3446, columbiapacificheritagemuseum.orgJeffrey P. Mayor, email@example.com