Named one of ‘America’s Favorite Beach Towns’ by ForbesTraveler.com and voted ‘Best Beach’ by the viewers of Seattle’s KING-5 TV, the Peninsula offers visitors blocks of colorful shops, great seafood, comfortable lodging, small museums, horseback riding, and an expansive beach. Southwest Washington’s Long Beach Peninsula: home to a national park, two historic lighthouses, renowned restaurants, cranberry bogs, and oyster farms. It is also the home of Northwestern pop cultural phenomenon known as Jake the Alligator Man.
Long Beach began when Henry Harrison Tinker bought a land claim from Charles E. Reed in 1880. He platted the town and called it “Tinkerville.”
The Long Beach depot was built between First and Second Streets on the east side of the track, which ran north along “B” Street. A major destination in Long Beach was Tinker’s Hotel, later renamed the Long Beach Hotel, and built very close to the station. The boardwalk area near the station was known as “Rubberneck Row.”
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