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

"Horriable Day" Open House Returns!

Hot Cider & History


Thursday, November 10

12 - 3 p.m.



Join us as we commemorate the Lewis & Clark Expedition canoeing by and remarking on the weather!


Open Summer Saturdays 2022 ~ July & August

We are following local health guidelines and are happy to welcome back visitors  on Saturdays from 1-4 p.m. during July & August. Face masks are always in style at the Pesthouse and vaccinations are encouraged!


During the Lewis & Clark Encampment the museum will be open at limited capacity from 1-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.


1912 US PHS Quarantine Hospital


Where History Happened!


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Pictures below from Past Programs




Contact Us Today!

Nancy Anderson, Director




Land Line: 1-503-738-5206



2022 Regular Open Hours:

Saturday Afternoons

July and August

1-4 pm


Please Email for Appointment Availability Outside of

Regular Hours



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.
Listen to a longer discussion of the book and history of the Public Health Service at Knappton Cove with Sean from PHS Proud.

New Book!

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 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) 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.

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