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Piers End, Garibaldi, Oregon

Piers End, Garibaldi, Oregon

The first permanent white settler on this part of upper Tillamook Bay, at present-day Garibaldi, arrived by happenstance. Charley Farwell was a crewman on the Calumet when it ran aground near here in 1856, allegedly because Farwell gave his captain bad directions. As retribution, Farwell was put ashore, where he built a cabin and lived out his life in anonymity. The town that eventually grew up here got its curious name in an equally curious manner much later, in 1870. That was the year the famous 19th century freedom fighter, Giuseppe Garibaldi, unified Italy into a modern nation; and the same year that an American admirer, Dan Bayley, used his authority as the first postmaster on Tillamook Bay to name the new town site after his hero.