Knappton Cove Heritage Center The Historic Columbia River Quarantine Station
Knappton Cove Heritage CenterThe Historic Columbia River Quarantine Station 


Inspector Marcia: "I found a rat on your ship! You are now in quarantine!

Third grade Teachers Mrs. Knutsen and Mrs Williams brought their classes to visit the Quarantine Station on a field trip.
Students took a 100 year trip back in time to learn about immigrants coming from many different countries to the United States. All incoming ships and their passengers and crew had to pass a health inspection before setting foot on American soul. Public Health inspectors looked for rats on the ships and for anyone with an infectious disease.
Students tried on different international and sailor costumes depicting people who came through this Station.
Students making bottle rubbings.
Today's modern uniform of the United States Public Health Service.

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Nancy Anderson, Director

Phone: 1-503-738-5206




** Temporarily Closed** Until It's Safe to Open


Typically Open:

July-September Weekends

Saturday & Sunday, 1-4 pm



521 WA State Rte 401

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short video exhibit

Check out Nancy's interview on Coast Radio's ARTS - Live & Local with Carol Newman. She talks about Women's History in the Public Health Service at Knappton Cove. The interview starts about 5 minutes in to the podcast.
Read more details about the history of Knappton Cove in Nancy's Book, The Columbia River's "Ellis" Island. Available for purchase on Amazon--$5 of every book goes toward the preservation of this historic site.
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