A Look Back at the Columbus Day Storm

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The Columbus Day Storm happened on October 12, 1962. It originated in the Pacific Ocean and created havoc from northern California to southern British Columbia in Canada. It was the largest, most violent windstorm in the recorded history of the West Coast at that time. Wind gusts were recorded at over 100 miles per hour in many areas. The storm demolished homes, barns, trees, vehicles, and many lives were lost.

A program and exhibit will be held on Saturday, October 22nd at 2:00 pm. The Museum Board of Directors is looking for stories about that stormy day. If you were around during the storm, please attend the program on the 22nd and share your story. You may also contact the Museum and provide your story and/or pictures at any time.


The museum is wheelchair accessible and has air conditioning. Admission is free. Donations are welcome.

Quilt raffle tickets will be available for “Wild Flowers”, a beautiful quilt made by the Chelatchie Quilters. The quilt is currently at the Battle Ground Library. It will be on display at the Museum on October 22nd. Tickets are $1.00 each. This is the annual fundraiser and proceeds go to the Capital Improvement Fund.

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