Moclips, WA Washed Away by Storm, Jan 1914

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

The old Moclips Beach Hotel stands on one or two piles and the remaining part is likely to go any moment but may hang on for weeks. The dancing pavilion is a wreck and is undermined. Other cottages are going, the foundations being gone and at least seven houses have been saved by being moved to a point several hundred feet back on the townsite.

There is no reason why the little town should not be rebuilt, as it boasts of three big industries, they being the W.W. Kurtz Fish Packing Company, Pacific Fisheries salmon, clam packing works, and the M. M. Smith Shingle Company. The town is on the edge of a fine belt of timber and the M. M. Smith Company has sufficient timber to last it for several years.

A glance down the main street, which was once crowded with excellent store buildings, shows an entirely deserted space on the ocean side of the street. One after another of the building have fallen prey to the ocean and the storm of last week carried the waves over the embankment and sent them rolling down to the Northern Pacific at the station.

The amount of damage to date cannot be estimated but Chabot is of the opinion that it will reach approximately $100,000, this amount to include the loss of trade during the past three years, which business men suffered as the result of the big hotel being wrecked in 1911.

Jetty May Be to Blame

Just what has caused the ocean to begin tearing down the site it spent years in building is a matter of much speculation among the residents. Many claim that the new north side jetty which has been built out into the ocean nearly four miles, is the direct cause and support their contention by pointing to the fact that on the opposite side of the entrance to Grays Harbor, namely the town of Westport, is rapidly building up. This is true because the old government jetty built out of Westport is now a part of the land, while the ocean has been cutting away the land on the north side.

Seattle Daily Times, Seattle, WA 8 Jan 1914

Moclips Storm, Feb 1911