Cape Disappointment Station Site

Ilwaco, WA

Also known as Cape Disappointment

The Cape Disappointment Station Site site was established in 1965 (at this site, 1878 at current [2nd] site)


This site was moved in NA. Active from 1878 to 1966 at original site. (See Station ID # 405.1)


This is an active site from 1966-present


Designation number: NA

Station still active. 1966 station house survives.

Station Site Notes:

1875 difficulty obtaining title to site causing delay in construction; 1876 to be completed by June 15 1877; 1877 erected; 1878 opened 2/15/1878; 1885 improvements for newly-employed crew (originally designed as volunteer life-boat station) (USLSS Annual Reports). Station built in 1877; Coast Guard Lifeboat Station Cape Disappointment is located in Fort Canby Army Reservation south-southwest of the town of Ilwaco, Pacific County, Washington. The station has been established in 1880 and was originally built on piles in the bay. It was moved to its present site in Fort Canby in 1920. Coast Guard Station Cape Disappointment is the host command for the Coast Guard's National Motor Lifeboat School (USCG Historian's Website).

Buildings at this Station Site

There are no surviving station houses at this site.

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