Moclips, WA Washed Away by Storm, Jan 1914

Ruins of Moclips Beach Hotel 1914 Moclips Beach Hotel Dancing Pavilion Destroyed at Moclips, WA 1914


HOQUIAM, Thursday, Jan. 8. -- That a large part of the original townsite of Moclips, a summer resort started ten years ago by Robert Chabot and Edward Lycan, will be claimed by the ocean within the next few months, is certain, the storm of the past week carrying away a large portion of the high ground as well as wrecking several houses and business places. The Moclips River, which for the past week has been on a rampage, has cut away a large portion of the high ground along which was erected the main portion of the city and what was once a level plat containing many pretty homes, is now a mass of wreckage and driftwood, the buildings being thrown together among the mammoth logs which have been cast up by the angry ocean.

Moclips River, true to its name, which means "changing waters," has changed its bed and now cuts through the northern portion of the townsite. The Sutherland livery stable, which at one time occupied a place of vantage on the main street, is now 100 to 200 feet from the shore and daily the huge waves break over the building.

Moclips Bridge Gone.

The Moclips bridge, built at a big expense, is wrecked and the approaches gone. This will necessitate the construction of another bridge across this river at a point of vantage before machinery can be taken into the Indian reservation where drilling for oil is underway.

Each day the ocean is taking its toll from the pretty townsite and each year the storms seem worse and the work of devastation greater than the previous one.

That no portion of the town west of the Northern Pacific track will survive the ocean's fury, is the opinion of Robert Chabot, one of the largest real estate owners at that place. Chabot said last night that the plan to build a bigger and better Moclips was already under way and the new townsite will be built on the river over-looking the Moclips River. This is an ideal townsite and it is to this high ground, present buildings will be moved if possible. Every indication that the storms of the coming spring will carry away all the buildings now left standing along the waterfront seems certain.