Stop by to see our new Viewing Deck and Interpretive Sign!
Thanks to the countless hours put in by Board Members and funded by many donations.
History where it happened!
COLUMBIA RIVER QUARANTINE STATION
The Columbia River's "Ellis Island"
Nancy Anderson, Director
Land Line: 1-503-738-5206
Free Admission During
Regular Open Hours--2023
July and August
Please Email for Appointment Availability Outside of
521 WA State Rte 401
(See 'How to Find Us' page for detailed information)
*Click links for
short video exhibit
By Board Member Friedrich E. Schuler, Professor of History at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon. Read his interview in the PSU News!
A Shield for the Columbia offers the stories behind the founding of the quarantine station of the United States Public Health Service (USPHS) at Knappton Cove, Washington and Astoria, Oregon at the mouth of the Columbia 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.