Developed by the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum in Ilwaco, WA

Clamshell Railroad
What's in a name

Why Clamshell Railroad?

In 1900, the Ilwaco Railway & Navigation Co. was acquired by the much larger Oregon Railway and Navigation Co. In 1903, a new superintendent was dispatched to inspect the line. Unimpressed with the small railroad, he muttered, “Hmph! Clamshell Railroad” and the name stuck!


Learn about the 1889 train car that ran along the Clamshell Railroad.

Gone but Not Forgotten

Remembering the Clamshell Railroad.

Clamshell Railroad Days

An annual celebration at the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum.

Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum

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Explore the crossroads of history where the Columbia River meets the Pacific Ocean. Discover the history of the railroad that ran by the tide, fishing, logging and early explorers of the Columbia-Pacific region.

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