The city is named after Philip Gearhart, the father of the city, who arrived in October 1848 and rented a log cabin along the Clatsop Plains. By this time, there were farmers who had already settled in the northern end. Solomon Smith was the first farmer that settled there.
However, Gearhart purchased a squatter’s right in the year 1851. This was in the southern plains and he bought it for one thousand dollars. Its U.S patent was not granted until 1874. By 1859 and 1863, he had increased his holdings by 537 acres and 571 acres which he bought from Obadiah C. Motley and Jefferson J. Louk respectively.
This entire stretch is now what covers the area referred to as the city of Gearhart. Philip Gearhart’s home and farm were built in a sheltered area north and east of the Necanicum estuary, close to a grist mill by Mill Creek.
Gradually, the city of Gearhart began to attract attention as a beautiful place to live and visit. It had a pleasant landscape that was gradually becoming popular as the railroad between Astoria and Seaside which was first completed in 1889, began to bring in visitors to Gearhart. All the early settlers in the city were drawn to this pleasant landscape and Gearhart has remained a beautiful place to reside in or to visit since then.
Short Term Rentals
The City of Gearhart regulates short-term rentals and does not allow new vacation rentals at this time. Read More: https://www.cityofgearhart.com/general/page/vacation-rental-dwellings
New short term rentals are allowed in certain condominium buildings located in Gearhart. Contact me for more information regarding the condo buildings that allow vacation rentals in Gearhart.
Gearhart is a city that lies on flat land along the Oregon coast with partly cloudy and comfortable summers and very cold winters. The temperature in the city over the course of the usually ranges between 39oF and 61oF. Based on the weather conditions, the best time to visit Gearhart for tourism and other outdoor activities is between early July and late August.
The city of Gearhart is one of the coastal communities actively at work to be tsunami prepared with several mitigation plans that extends city and state-wide. Gearhart recently became one of seven coastal community to adopt a Tsunami Hazard Overlay Zone and it is now the evacuation zone for local tsunamis and earthquake at the Oregon coast.
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