The Depoe Bay Ocean Wayside located in Depoe Bay, Oregon is Oregon’s latest entry in the National Register of Historic Places.
The Depoe Bay Ocean Wayside is the only state wayside constructed during the postwar period designed to serve the rapidly increasing ranks of the motoring public, while specifically taking advantage of a unique scenic vista — the world’s smallest navigable harbor at Depoe Bay.
Responsible for both the development and maintenance of the state highway system and state parks, the Oregon State Highway Department sought not only to provide an efficient road system, but also to encourage travel to Oregon’s scenic places. The Depoe Bay Ocean Wayside blends these two missions by providing an easily accessible highway rest stop and concession on a popular tourist route, while offering access to Oregon’s natural beauty through its scenic location. The building’s low profile, large picture windows, and minimal decoration is typical of the 1950s, and offers visitors beautiful panoramic views, while the intentional placement of the building below the highway minimizes its impact on the Ocean view from the roadway.
Information provided by Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept.