Trask River, Tillamook Bay

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Trask River, Tillamook Bay

by | Sep 1, 2020

The Trask River is in northwestern Oregon, draining a mountainous timber-producing area of the Coast Range into Tillamook Bay, about 57 miles (92 km) west of Portland and 52 miles (84 km) south of Astoria, Oregon. It is one of five rivers—the Tillamook, the Trask, the Wilson, the Kilchis, and the Miami—that flow into Tillamook Bay. Trask River is named for Elbridge Trask who settled on the shores of Tillamook Bay in 1848.

Naval Air Station Tillamook was located along the Trask River just south of Tillamook Bay. It was active during World War II and used primarily to house dirigibles, also known as blimps. The air station was commissioned in 1942 and decommissioned in 1948. The station was the base of operations for Squadron ZP-33, with a complement of 8 K-ships.

Due to rationing during World War II, the hangars were built entirely of wood. Hangar B was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1989 and remains one of the world’s largest wooden structures. The historic hangar faces an uncertain future since it needs costly repairs. Read more here and here. Explore more of Trask River here:

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