Wheeler SignWheeler on the Bay is directly across from Nehalem Point. It started out as a thriving lumber town with bustling mills and docks. It was named after the Wheeler family who owned the lumber mill. Homes are built on a hillside with spectacular views of the bay, ocean and Neahkahnie mountain. The railroad from Portland, built in the early 1900s brought tourists to the area and shipped lumber back. It is still used for lumber export by coastal lumber companies. At one time the fishing fleet brought enough catch to warrant a fish cannery. Today, the energy of the village comes from the residents—all 350 of them. Small shops, craft co-ops, flower shop, art galleries, restaurants, fabrics, bay side motels, one grocery, one pharmacy line the main street and hide away in charming little alleys. The town folk and merchants band together to put on big doings like the Crab Festival, Salmon Bake, Blackberry Celebrations, Music Festivals and street dances. The mills may be gone, but the spirit is still strong. Kayaks are rented there and there is a public dock for launching of boats of all sizes. The marina rents boats and crab rings. It's fun to paddle over for Sunday brunch or a weekend barbecue at Treasure Café. There's a medical clinic, too.

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