Fort Stevens
Fort Stevens was an American military installation that guarded the mouth of the Columbia River in the
state of Oregon. Built near the end of the American Civil War, it was named for a slain Civil War
general and former Washington Territory governor, Isaac Stevens. The fort was an active military
reservation from 1863–1947.
If the tales are to be believed – and they come from numerous sources – the spirit of an army man
wanders the north Oregon coast, showing up in some fairly disparate places. One tale that seems to be
growing on the north Oregon coast, with eyewitness accounts, is that of the uniformed army man that
walks the area. One couple told Oregon Coast Beach Connection that he notoriously haunts Fort
Stevens State Park, and is seen simply walking around the park, the campgrounds, and often at the
concrete battery. Some say you can hear him treading the gravel outside your tent in the camping area –
as one group claimed to have encountered. Another man told Oregon Coast Beach Connection about
how he was walking along Seaside’s Promenade one night when he saw an army man in a uniform that
looked like it was from the 40’s. They nodded to each other, and when the man turned around to look at
the curious outfit, the army man was gone. The man said he even darted into a couple of nearby hotel
lobbies to see if the army man had gone inside, but the uniformed ghost was not to be seen. Other
legends center around the old guardhouse, which is in the midst of what is now a residential
neighborhood. Some say plenty of spirit orbs have been photographed there, while others claim
sightings of someone actually pacing the yard around the now-museum.