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

Cheers to Our Volunteers!

Board of Directors:

Nancy Anderson, President
Mary Cornell, VP
Samantha Steerman, Secretary
Pat Hammersmith,Treasurer
Carmen Hammersmith
Heather Henry
Darren Linker
Gloria Linkey

Jan Mitchell
Jay Paulsen
Friedrich Schuler
Diana Thompson
Tom Bell, Reg. Agent

Heritage Advisory Council:
Liisa Penner

John Goodenberger


Special Thanks:

Clatsop Community College Historic Preservation School

Pacific NW Living Historians

Contact Us Today!

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

(See 'How to Find Us' page for detailed information)



*Click links for

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.

New Book!

By Board Member Friedrich E. Schuler, Professor of History at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon.

A Shield for the Columbia Book Cover

A Shield for the Columbia offers the stories behind the founding of the quarantine station of the United States Public Health Service (USPHS) in Knappton Cove, Washington and Astoria, Oregon at the mouth of the Columbia, the nation's second largest river. It is a compelling account of unlikely political and economic alliances featuring the United States Marine Hospital Service (USMHS), transpacific shipping lines, Astoria's business community, and members of the U.S. Congress.

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