ILWACO, Wash. - Local author Nancy Bell Anderson will hold a book signing and answer questions about her book, "The Columbia River's Ellis Island, the Story of Knappton Cove," from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 29 at Time Enough Books, 157 Howerton Ave. in Ilwaco Harbour Village at the port of Ilwaco.
The Columbia River Quarantine Station has been in Anderson's family since 1950 and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980. Her research reveals layers of history at the site predating the Quarantine Station, including it's use as a Chinook fishing and camping ground, moorage site for early maritime explorers and fur traders, a donation land claim and one of the Hume brothers' salmon canneries. It is also on the officially designated Lewis and Clark Heritage Canoe Trail.
Anderson's parents purchased the site when it was declared government surplus property and put up for public auction. They operated a summer sport fishing camp there in the 1950s.
Anderson will bring a display of artifacts from the old station as well as sport fishing gear from the '50s. Profits from the sale of her book will go to upkeep of the historic site and the Knappton Cove Heritage Center.
For more information, call Time Enough Books at (360) 642-7667 or Nancy Anderson at (503) 738-5206.