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Building the Jetties is topic of next Salty Talk


April 20, 2017

Salty Talks presents an evening of conversation on Wednesday, May 10 at Ilwaco’s Salt Pub & Hotel.

It took over 50 years to build the immense structures that define the mouth of the Columbia River. They were constructed with the best turn-of-the-century technology. Steamships and locomotives moved and placed over 3 million tons of stone to build the North Jetty alone. Their construction has had a profound effect on both the people and the landscape of the region. Join local historian Gary Kobes to hear more about the fascinating history of building the jetties.

Gary Kobes is the Manager of the Port of Astoria Airport and is a self-described “history addict.” With an undergraduate degree in architecture from Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri and over 35 years of experience in commercial and institutional real estate, facility development and project management, Gary’s interests are varied. He is on the Board of the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum in Ilwaco and the Columbia River Maritime Museum in Astoria. He is a founding member of the NAHCOTTA preservation committee and has a deep affinity for the history of railroads and engineering.

Salty Talk presentations are located upstairs in the Salt Hotel and Pub, located 147 Howerton Ave on the Ilwaco waterfront. The event is free to the public and starts at 6:30 p.m.


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