Tierra Del Mar, Oregon

Last updated
Tierra del Mar
Tierra Del Mar, Oregon.jpg
Houses in Tierra del Mar
USA Oregon location map.svg
Red pog.svg
Tierra del Mar
Location within the state of Oregon
Usa edcp location map.svg
Red pog.svg
Tierra del Mar
Tierra del Mar (the United States)
Coordinates: 45°15′07″N123°57′52″W / 45.25194°N 123.96444°W / 45.25194; -123.96444 Coordinates: 45°15′07″N123°57′52″W / 45.25194°N 123.96444°W / 45.25194; -123.96444
Country United States
State Oregon
County Tillamook
16 ft (5 m)
Time zone UTC-8 (Pacific (PST))
  Summer (DST) UTC-7 (PDT)
ZIP codes
GNIS feature ID1639337

Tierra del Mar is an unincorporated community in Tillamook County, Oregon, United States, [1] located on the Oregon Coast, about 25 miles (40 km) south of Tillamook and 4 miles (6.4 km) north of Pacific City and Cape Kiwanda, along Sandlake Road, west of U.S. Route 101. [2]



The community was named by Marie F. Pollock, who began selling lots in the development in 1935. [3] Tierra del mar is Spanish for "land by the sea". [3] One of the streets in the community is named after Pollock. [4] [5]

In 1990, author Ralph Friedman described Tierra del Mar as a "growing toss of houses". [6]

Projected location of Facebook submarine cable

Beginning in 2019, Tierra del Mar residents voiced opposition to Facebook subsidiary Edge Cable Holdings, USA's planned transpacific cable crossing to Asia, known as the JUPITER Cable System. [7] [8] Tillamook County approved the plan in January 2020. [9]

According to Facebook, Tierra del Mar is a likely site for a new branch of a fibre optic undersea telecommunications cable. [8] Facebook's data center in Prineville, Oregon, could be connected more easily with Japan and the Philippines with the cable. [8] The cable is to be wholly owned by Facebook and will split off from the 60  Tbps JUPITER cable that has its main branch ashore in Hermosa Beach, California and is owned by telecommunication firms in the Philippines (PLDT), Hong Kong (PCCW Global), and Japan (NTT, which is building the JUPITER cable system) as well as SoftBank Telecommunications, Amazon, and Facebook. [8] [10] [11] Edge Cable Holdings, USA, purchased a beachfront property about the size of 10 tennis courts for $495,000 from former University of Oregon football player Joey Harrington in 2018. [8] From Tierra del Mar, the submarine cable, once ashore, could connect underground with another cable in Pacific City. [8]

On April 28, 2020, the drill hit an unexpected area of hard rock. The drill bit seized and the drill pipe snapped 50 feet below the seafloor. The crew was able to recover some of the equipment, but left the rest in the hole. Some 1,100 feet (340 m) of pipe, the drill head, and 6,500 US gallons (25,000 L) of drilling fluid remain in the hole. Facebook has no plans to retrieve the equipment. Edge Cable Holdings notified the county of the accident on 5 May, but did not explicitly mention the abandoned equipment. That information emerged at a meeting with state officials on June 17. [12]

See also

Related Research Articles

Tillamook County, Oregon County in Oregon, United States

Tillamook County is one of the 36 counties in the U.S. state of Oregon. As of the 2020 census, the population was 27,390. The county seat is Tillamook. The county is named for the Tillamook or Killamook people, a Native American tribe who were living in the area in the early 19th century at the time of European American settlement. The county is located within Northwest Oregon.

Pacific City, Oregon Unincorporated community in the State of Oregon, United States

Pacific City is a census-designated place (CDP) and unincorporated community in Tillamook County, Oregon, United States. The population was 1,076 at the 2019 census. Pacific City's main attraction is the Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area.

Tillamook, Oregon City in Oregon, United States

The city of Tillamook is the county seat of Tillamook County, Oregon, United States. The city is located on the southeast end of Tillamook Bay on the Pacific Ocean. The population was 5,231 at the 2020 census.

Tillamook County Creamery Association

The Tillamook County Creamery Association (TCCA) is a dairy cooperative headquartered in Tillamook County, Oregon, United States. The association manufactures and sells dairy products under the "Tillamook" brand name. Its main facility is the Tillamook Creamery, located two miles north of the city of Tillamook on U.S. Route 101.

Cape Meares Light Lighthouse in the U.S. state of Oregon

The Cape Meares Light is an inactive lighthouse on the coast of Oregon. It is located on Cape Meares just south of Tillamook Bay. It is open to the public.

Nehalem River River in Oregon, United States

The Nehalem River is a river on the Pacific coast of northwest Oregon in the United States, approximately 119 miles (192 km) long. It drains part of the Northern Oregon Coast Range northwest of Portland, originating on the east side of the mountains and flowing in a loop around the north end of the range near the mouth of the Columbia River. Its watershed of 855 square miles (2,210 km2) includes an important timber-producing region of Oregon that was the site of the Tillamook Burn. In its upper reaches it flows through a long narrow valley of small mountain communities but is unpopulated along most of its lower reaches inland from the coast.

Subsea is fully submerged ocean equipment, operations or applications, especially when some distance offshore, in deep ocean waters, or on the seabed. The term is frequently used in connection with oceanography, marine or ocean engineering, ocean exploration, remotely operated vehicle (ROVs) autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs), submarine communications or power cables, seafloor mineral mining, oil and gas, and offshore wind power.

Land use in Oregon Laws affecting land ownership

Land use in Oregon concerns the evolving set of laws affecting land ownership and its restrictions in the U.S. state of Oregon.

Dolph, Oregon Unincorporated community in the State of Oregon, United States

Dolph is an unincorporated community in Tillamook County, Oregon, United States, near the Yamhill County line. It lies at the junction of Oregon Route 22 and Oregon Route 130 between Grande Ronde and Hebo, on the Little Nestucca River. It is within the Siuslaw National Forest in the Northern Oregon Coast Range.

Nedonna Beach is an unincorporated community in Tillamook County, in the U.S. state of Oregon. Nedonna Beach is west of U.S. Route 101 between Rockaway Beach and Nehalem Bay.

Port of Tillamook Bay Railroad

The Port of Tillamook Bay Railroad (POTB) was a 101-mile (163 km) shortline railroad in northwestern Oregon in the United States. Purchased from the Southern Pacific Transportation Company in 1990 by the Port of Tillamook Bay, the railroad was used to transport lumber and agricultural products over the Northern Oregon Coast Range between the Oregon Coast and the Portland area until heavily damaged in a 2007 storm. The Port of Tillamook Bay began operating the unincorporated railroad on March 27, 1986, but the tracks were originally constructed by Oregon judge George R. Bagley and others in 1906. The railroad's main line, no longer in use due to storm damage, runs between Hillsboro and Tillamook.

<i>Bayocean</i> (motor yacht) Patrol vessel of the United States Navy

Bayocean was a yacht that was built in 1911 to serve the now-vanished resort of Bayocean on the coast of Oregon at the entrance to Tillamook Bay. Considered an attractive vessel with a clipper bow and twin raked smokestacks, Bayocean was expensive to operate, was "somewhat cranky" at sea, and spent much of the time tied to a dock. In 1913, Bayocean then transferred to San Francisco Bay where it served briefly as an excursion vessel. In 1918, Bayocean was purchased by the U.S. Navy and converted to a patrol vessel. Following a brief active career, Bayocean was laid up again for about two years, as the Navy demobilized and sought to find buyers for its surplus ships. In 1921, the Navy sold Bayocean at auction to the San Francisco concern of Crowley Launch and Tug, now Crowley Maritime.

<i>C.H. Wheeler</i>

C.H. Wheeler was a schooner-rigged unpowered lumber barge that operated during the year 1901, making only a few voyages before it was wrecked near Yaquina Bay with the loss of one life. C.H. Wheeler was the largest vessel up to that time to reach Tillamook City and the first vessel to transport a load of lumber from Tillamook to San Francisco. The circumstances of the loss of the C.H. Wheeler were controversial and resulted in the arrest of the captain of the tug that had been towing the barge before it was wrecked.

<i>George R. Vosburg</i>

George R. Vosburg was a steam tug that operated from 1900 to 1912 on the Columbia River and the north coast of Oregon south from Astoria to the Nehalem River and Tillamook City. Generally called the Vosburg in practice, and referred to as Geo. R. Vosburg in official records, this vessel performed many tasks, from carrying cargo and passengers, and towing barges of rock for jetty construction. After 1925, this vessel was renamed George M. Brown, and was converted to diesel power. Under the name George M. Brown, this vessel remained in service until 1968 or later.

Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad

The Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad (OCSR) is a heritage railroad, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, operating in Oregon, primarily between Garibaldi and Rockaway Beach, with additional special trips to Wheeler, Nehalem River and into the Salmonberry River canyon. The railroad travels on tracks that pass along the edge of Tillamook Bay and the Oregon Coast, and through thick forest along the Nehalem River. The OCSR runs its collection of vintage rail equipment over 46 miles (74 km) of former Southern Pacific Transportation Company track under a lease from the Port of Tillamook Bay Railroad (POTB), an entity distinct from the OCSR.

Fairview is an unincorporated community in Tillamook County, Oregon, United States. It lies about 2 miles (3 km) east of Tillamook and slightly south of Oregon Route 6, the Wilson River highway.

The Lincoln City News Guard is a newspaper serving Lincoln City and its surrounding community in the U.S. state of Oregon. Its predecessor was founded in 1927, and is published weekly on Wednesdays. Prior to the 1965 incorporation of Lincoln City, the paper was known as the North Lincoln News Guard, and was published in the communities of Delake and Nelscott. The News Guard was formed after a merger in 1939 of the Coast Guard and the Beach Resort News.

Sitka Sedge State Natural Area Natural area in Tillamook County, Oregon, United States

Sitka Sedge State Natural Area is an estuary and beach on the north coast of the U.S. state of Oregon in Tillamook County. Sitka Sedge consists of 357 acres (144 ha) of tidal marsh, mudflats, dunes, forested wetlands, and uplands at the south end of the Sand Lake estuary, north of Tierra Del Mar.


  1. "Tierra Del Mar". Geographic Names Information System . United States Geological Survey. November 28, 1980. Retrieved January 9, 2020.
  2. Oregon Atlas & Gazetteer (7th ed.). Yarmouth, Maine: DeLorme. 2008. ISBN   0-89933-347-8.
  3. 1 2 McArthur, Lewis A.; McArthur, Lewis L. (2003) [1928]. Oregon Geographic Names (7th ed.). Portland, Oregon: Oregon Historical Society Press. p. 954. ISBN   978-0875952772.
  4. "City, Community, and Road Name Origins". Tillamook County. Retrieved January 9, 2020.
  5. "Exhibit D: Comments to the Tillamook County Planning Commission: Safeguard, Protect and Preserve our Community - Tierra Del Mar" (PDF). Tillamook County. August 22, 2019. Retrieved January 9, 2020.
  6. Friedman, Ralph (1990). In Search of Western Oregon. Caldwell, Idaho: The Caxton Printers, Ltd. p. 36. ISBN   0-87004-332-3.
  7. Mann, Cody (May 10, 2019). "Facebook Development Meets Opposition in Tierra del Mar". Headlight-Herald . Retrieved January 9, 2020.
  8. 1 2 3 4 5 6 "Facebook Riles Tiny Oregon Town with Plan for Undersea Cable". Honolulu Star-Advertiser . Associated Press. January 9, 2020. Archived from the original on January 11, 2020. Retrieved January 11, 2020.
  9. Dorsey, Hilary (January 9, 2020). "Tillamook County Approves Facebook Cable in Tierra del Mar". Headlight-Herald. Retrieved January 9, 2020.
  10. "JUPITER". Submarine Cable Networks. Retrieved January 9, 2020.
  11. "JUPITER". fiberatlantic.com. Retrieved January 9, 2020.
  12. Facebook abandons broken drilling equipment under Oregon coast seafloor, The Oregonian, July 13, 2020