Tillamook BayA Map of the Bay and Surrounding Areas Circa 1942
These maps of the Tillamook Bay region of the Oregon Coast represent the setting for my current novel-in-progress. I offer them as a hint of what’s to come. [Notes]
Like the novel, these renderings are works-in-progress. While they match other maps of the period with what I hope is a fair degree of accuracy, I’ve added or modified a few elements specific to my story.
For those familiar with present day Tillamook Bay, the landscape has changed in several significant ways since 1942, and not just in terms of human development. For example, the once thriving resort town of Bayocean was already being threatened by the encroaching sea during the period this map represents, having lost a number of homes and buildings to implacable erosion. In 1960, the last house was washed away. Today, the reshaped peninsula is a state park and wildlife refuge with no permanent human habitation.
Cape Meares Detail
This closer view of the area around Cape Meares shows a bit more clearly the locations of two significant events in the novel. Though this zoomed-in view broadly matches the larger map, it does include a few additional details. Over time, even more detail may be added to an extent reasonable to avoid spoilers. I may also add an even more detailed view focusing on the area around Short Beach, though that will depend on interest—both mine and that of readers.
These renderings are based on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers tactical maps, combining portions of the 1942 Tillamook quadrangle with portions of the 1943 Nehalem quadrangle. A few details have also been taken from Metsker’s Atlas of Tillamook County, 1942. Though broadly adhering to the historical sources, these maps include modifications and additions not part of the source maps, and may also include errors I introduced unwittingly. As such, they are presented for entertainment in connection to fiction, published and unpublished, by Bill Cameron.