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The U.S. Columbia River Quarantine Station

The U.S. Columbia River Quarantine Station


Saturday & Sunday, 1-4 pm
Free (Donations are welcomed)
lat: 46.2709311 long: -123.8297671

The Columbia River’s “Ellis Island 1899-1938

The U.S. Columbia River Quarantine Station that was in operation from 1899-1938 is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  The Knappton Cove Heritage Center (KCHC) is a non-profit all volunteer organization dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of this significant historic site. The Station was established when Congress mandated the health inspection of all incoming ships to prevent the spread of shipborne infectious diseases.  Quarantine was often necessary. The KCHC maintains a small museum in the 1912 lazaretto (aka pesthouse) that served the Station and showcases the history of the U.S. Public Health Service and Pacific NW Immigration.

There is no paid staff. The KCHC depends on volunteers to be museum hosts and grounds upkeep.  The museum is open by appointment for guided tours ($5/person for groups) and is open free to the public on most summer Saturdays 1-4pm. Donations are always welcome.

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