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Depoe Bay City

Depoe Bay City Hall is located at 570 SE Shell Avenue, Depoe Bay, OR 97341; phone: 541-765-2361.

Depoe Bay as described in 1940 [1]

At Depoe Bay, just east of Depoe Bay State Park, the shore line is rugged. The resort is on a secluded cove where tall-masted, deep-sea trollers anchor. The name is said by some to be derived from the cove, a haven or "depot" for boats, and by others to commemorate Charley Depoe, a local Indian. Close to the highway is the Spouting Horn, aperture in the rocks through which the tide rushes upward in a geyser of spray. The Depoe Bay Aquarium contains many specimen of marine life, both beautiful and grotesque, among them red snappers, dogfish, and octopuses. The collection of sea anemones is very attractive. A museum contains 500 mounted birds, 3,000 birds' eggs, a fine collection of butterflies, Indian relics, and mounted animals.

Fish races are held annually here. In 1936 about 15,000 people placed wagers under the pari-mutual system. Any deep-sea fish is eligible and in 1935 the first entry was an octopus. The races are held in a painted trough having a lane 50 feet long for each "contestant." The starting point is painted white and the finish line is the entrance to a dark recess. The fish on being released seek the hiding hole, flashing to the far end of the lane and shaking a numbered balloon that gives the key to the order of their finish.

  1. Workers of the Writers' Program, Works Progress Administration, State of Oregon, Oregon: End of the Trail, American Guide Series, 1940, Oregon State Board of Control, Binfords & Mort, Portland.
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