Digging Deep to Support a Would-Be-City
Within the hushed forest lands of the Yakona Nature Preserve lie the historical remnants of homesteads from West Yaquina and Parker’s Addition — two platted towns from the late 1800s.
The larger of the two, West Yaquina, was once the site of six homes and a school, along with two docks for supplies and harvesting oysters, and a pair of old stone wells. Those wells remain, although the prized fresh water at the bottom is nowhere to be seen — possibly explaining why the city never took hold.
To give you an idea of what an undertaking it would have been to site, dig and build a 30’ deep well in the wilds of coastal Oregon circa 1892 (need actual year if possible), follow along as we send a camera into this never-before-seen subterranean world.