Columbia City

Date of visit: October 15, 2011
Population: 1,946 (2010 Census)

When World War I broke out, the government was in need of ships. The Sommarstrom Ship Building Company from San Francisco established a shipyard in Columbia City in 1917, which was quickly followed by another shipyard built by the International Shipbuilding Company. The Sommarstrom Company produced eight ships for the the war effort, which is impressive considering that the war ended in late 1918. The last vessel constructed by Sommarstrom was the Kate G. Pederson, which was launched in May 1920, its first voyage to carry lumber to Australia. The shipyard was sold shortly thereafter.

Welcome to Columbia City

City Hall
City Hall

Caples House
Caples House Museum

Hanging house
A house suspended over the river

Map of Columbia City

Oregon Towns Project