Preserving and Presenting the History of the Naselle-Grays River Area of Southwest Washington
We will be closed Thanksgiving week, Tuesday the 26th - Saturday the 30th. Hope you all have a great Thanksgiving! The Cafe will be closed too. We will all be back Tuesday the 3rd of December.
Join us December 14th for our Santa Claus/Santa Lucia Event!
11:00 to 3:00 Christmas Bazaar
2:00 to 3:00 Photos with Santa
3:00 Santa Lucia procession, entertainment and refreshments
Welcome to the Appelo Archive Center (Museum, Archives, Meeting Rooms & Library)
This is the perfect location for you to find information and do research on photos, cemetery records, Finnish, Swedish and Columbia River History and also find newspapers and books on the history of the Pacific Northwest, including logging, fishing, farming, events, and music.
We invite you to browse our site and also come and visit us in person.
We have a number of wonderful exhibits to view in our small museum, and will be happy to help you with your questions and research.
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The Brix Logging Storyas well as The Brix Maritime Story,
can be found at the Center and online for purchase.
The Brix Logging Story: In the woods of Washington and Oregon follows the lives and careers of four German-born brothers who arrived in the big timber country of the lower Columbia River in 1881 with little more than a restless desire to succeed in this new land.
Written by Bryan Penttila and Peter Brix, this book focuses on the unique legacy the Brix family left on local areas. The Brix Logging Story is an insightful and unique contribution to the literature of Pacific Northwest forest history as well as a testament to the valiant entrepreneurs who helped shape this great region.
The Brix Maritime Story: A Century of Towboating and Barging written by Peter Brix, covers over 100 years of reflecting the growth of logging transportation by water. Brix Maritime (originally, Knappton Towboat Company) became a major contributor to marine transportation in the United States. Recounted by a third generation Brix, who worked from deckhand to CEO in the family business, The Brix Maritime Story is a unique tale. It shows how logging and marine transportation were joined in the early 1900s, with towboats and barges playing a central role in economic growth in Washington and Oregon. As commerce expanded mid-century and locks allowed vessels to pass upriver, Brix boats reached for broader territories and opportunity, ultimately providing service into Idaho, California and Alaska. Photographs of over 260 tugboats are shown, and over 170 barges listed, complete with specifications. For the maritime enthusiast, or anyone interested in a personal history of how one family helped to shape an industry, this book is a must-have.
Good News! You can now become a member of the Appelo Archives
at half price for the remaining of this year!
If you are interested in becoming a member of the Archive Center, you can click on the button below to apply. The benefits are great! 10% off most books, invitations to special events and of course the satisfaction of knowing you are helping to preserve local history.
Our entrance is next to the Water Department in Naselle.
It's on the ground floor of the Appelo Plaza
Browse the books and gifts and come upstairs to see the rest of our displays and to complete your purchases.
There are hundreds of pictures and articles at the center and students, researchers and visitors interested in the area's history are most welcome to access it all. Wi-Fi is available and there are plenty of tables for laying out maps and newspapers.. With the renovation of the Center's main room, lectures are being planned and groups wishing to use the new "Heritage Room" on the main floor for meetings are welcome to contact the Center.