Prior to settlers coming to Shelter Cove and naming it, many different Native American tribes inhabited the Pacific Northwest. At least one Shelter Cove Tribe within the Wailaki Group of Indians lived here. Native artifacts are still occasionally found in the Cove.
The Bureau of Land Management has a field office in Whitethorn with more information about the local tribal history. Also our Shelter Cove General Store has a short historical summary too!
As soon as there were people in Shelter Cove, fishing was an important part of life on the Lost Coast. A short summary of Shelter Cove fishing history is found at our page: Shelter Cove-Overview.
In the middle of the 20th Century, changes from the logging of Tan Oak shipped out to San Francisco– into a fishing economy was under way. This was also when certain key individuals and families settled the area and helped shape Shelter Coves’ future. The history of some of these important people still define and shape Shelter Cove today.
It is our hope that we can help archive and allow access to some of this important history through stories and interviews of some that are still around. We would also like to preserve some of the memories of those who are no longer around.
More to come. . . .