Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum


In 1982, the Ilwaco Telephone Utility Company was acquired by Pacific Telecom. Shortly thereafter, the Telephone Utility (TU) building in Ilwaco was vacated, with most of the local employees relocated to Vancouver, Washington. Several months later, Pacific Telecom deeded the former TU property to the City of Ilwaco. Reportedly, Mayor Les Peterson turned to City Council member Noreen Robinson at the time, and said, “Do something with it, Noreen.”

Today’s Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum began with brainstorming sessions over breakfast at Red’s Café in Ilwaco. A few persistent phone calls to the Smithsonian Institution were made by Noreen. They led her to get an intern from the University of Washington museum studies program. The intern traveled to Ilwaco and spent a period of weeks instructing the fledgling museum’s all-volunteer staff in the basics of museum management. After that, they were on their own.

115 SE Lake St.
Ilwaco, Washington 98624

Today 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Phone (360) 642-3446
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