Mark Beach

Mark Beach earned a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin and conducted post doctoral research at the Smithsonian Institution. He moved to Oregon after teaching at Cornell University and the University of Rochester. Mark lives near Manzanita on the coast, where he collects historical photos and teaches workshops about local history.

Author's Entries

  • Nehalem Bay State Park

    Nehalem Bay State Park occupies almost 900 acres on a sand spit separating Nehalem Bay from the Pacific Ocean. Native Americans once occupied seasonal homes along the bay side of the spit. The area was surveyed for white settlement in the 1850s and platted for real estate development in 1908. …

    Oregon Encyclopedia

  • Oswald West State Park

    Shortly after Samuel Boardman became Oregon’s first director of state parks in 1929, he received a proposal for a park along the north coast. Helen Drollinger, who owned land on the coast, wrote Boardman proposing a new park and suggesting that Sam Reed, the founder of the town of Neahkahnie, …

    Oregon Encyclopedia