Have you ever wondered what some Oregon coast landmarks would say if they could talk? The stories they could tell are often odder than you think.
This is the idea behind “Quirky Oregon Coast History,” a talk by web journalist and author André GW Hagestedt, covering the sometimes kooky aspects of history along the coastline, coinciding with Lincoln City’s Antique Week.
Hagestedt’s talk will take place at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 16, at the Driftwood Public Library, 801 SW Highway 101, Lincoln City. The library is on the second floor.
Wacky and humorous tidbits from regional history will be much of the talk, along with straight-up surprises. They include the goofier aspects of Pixieland and Pixie Kitchen, the rather silly paranormal legends that once sprang from Seal Rock about sea monsters, or the “little flying men” at Devil’s Punchbowl. Some legends and odd facts of old lighthouses in the region will also be on tap.
The ways in which many coastal towns got their names is not only fascinating but sometimes quirky as well, such as the long, complex process for Lincoln City, to the slightly wacky story behind Cannon Beach’s and Seaside’s monikers. You’ll hear about bizarre structures once built at various locations, and the unsavory world of Oregon coast lodgings 100 years ago, plus many more little tidbits from all along the coast, including some weird geology facts.
Hagestedt is publisher of Oregon Coast Beach Connection, an online news magazine devoted to the coast. He’s also recently published four extensively detailed books on different towns: the Ultimate Oregon Coast Travel series installments for Lincoln City, Cannon Beach, Depoe Bay and Seaside, which list every single beach access in the area and dig deep into the history, geology and natural sides of each. Available on Amazon and select stores, there will eventually be ten of these in the series.