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New Publication to Celebrate Oregon Beach Bill’s Anniversary!

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Oregon’s Beach Bill! This is the bill that designated all 362 miles of Oregon’s ocean shore as a state recreation area – effectively the longest Oregon State Park!

To celebrate the anniversary of the “Beach Bill”,  the Oregon State Parks Foundation and Protege Publishing are pleased to announce the release of a new book, The Oregon Coast, A Legacy Like No Other – available July 1. The net proceeds from the sales of this book will be donated to the Oregon State Parks Foundation!

How did Oregon get to be the only state in the nation with public access to its entire coastline?  Through Jan and Jack McGowan’s  wonderful essays about the lessons learned and sites seen on an Oregon Legacy Walk of the entire coastline,  and illustrated by photos taken or gathered by Rick Schafer, with the cooperation of the Oregon Historical Society and the Ray Atkeson archives, this book tells the story of how Oregon’s beaches went from Governor Oswald West’s declaration in 1913 of the wet sand beaches as a “public highway” to  Tom McCall’s fight with Cannon Beach hotel owner William Hay, to becoming an iconic public landmark enjoyed by millions of visitors from around the world every year.

We will update this page with more information about where you can pick up this beautiful book that will be available July 1…