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 and a pair of old 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, follow along as a camera descends into this subterranean world.