When we head to the coast we rarely head towards Ocean Shores, for the most part I find it rather too geared toward the tourist with all the trappings and traps to separate you from your money. But maybe that has been too harsh of a judgement, maybe’s its more about timing than anything else. Theresa and I just got back from a weekend trip and the usual suspects were nowhere to be found. In fact, as you can see in this photo it was a stunning weekend to be playing on the beach.
The City of Ocean Shores occupies the Point Brown peninsula on the Washington coast. Long before the arrival of European explorers and settlers, the peninsula was used by the various local tribes for trading and other purposes. The Chinook, Chehalis, and Quinault Tribes used the area, as well as others that now make up the Quinault Indian Nation.
The traveler sees what he sees, the tourist sees what he has come to see. – Gilbert K. Chesterton
On May 7, 1792 Captain Robert Gray sailed into the bay and named the area Bullfinch Harbor. Later, Captain George renamed the area after Captain Gray, now called Gray’s Harbor. The first white established settler on the Point was Matthew McGee, who settled in the early 1860s. He sold the southern portion of the peninsula to A.O. Damon in 1878 for a trading supply center whose dock extended into the Oyehut channel. A.O. Damon took over the entire peninsula from McGee with the land passed along to his grandson, Ralph Minard, who used the area as a cattle ranch from 1929 until he sold to the Ocean Shores Development Corporation in 1960 for $1,000,000.
And to think, Pat Boone use to call this place home!