It seems that spirits love Lincoln City as much as humans do — perhaps because of the rich coastal history, a variety of Native American sacred places, or simply the intense emotion of sea tragedies and storms. If you enjoy seeking out phantoms, you can take your own Eeeeeeko Tour. Uncover Ghostly Encounters.
This tour can be self-guided for your group, or with advance notice the Lincoln City Visitor and Convention Bureau may be able to arrange step-on service. Call 800-452-2151 to arrange step-on service.
Breakfast With Matilda
The Wildflower Grill at 4250 NE Hwy 101 has its own resident benevolent spirit, a woman they call Matilda. Although Matilda most frequently makes her presence known by opening and closing cabinets, she has made other, more personal contacts as well. On one occasion she rattled the locked doorknob of the employee restroom. When she didn’t get a response as immediate as she wished for, Matilda simply pushed the door open without unlocking it. But she refused to make herself visible to the occupant. One of the owners has, however, seen Matilda, who walked past him in the restaurant and simply disappeared on its balcony. Maybe Matilda stays because the breakfasts at Wildflower are unbeatable. This is a great place to start your day and your tour off right! Public restrooms are available. Motor coach parking is possible at the curb. Allow an hour for breakfast. Breakfast isn’t free, but waiting to see if Matilda shows up while you eat breakfast is.
Many folks have felt the presence of spirits at the Pioneer Cemetery. It is on the inland side of Highway 101, just across the road from the Inn at Spanish Head. Even if you don’t feel the presence, the panoramic view is stunning, among the best in town, and the gravestones are interesting. No restrooms. Parking is available at the site. The access road is narrow and steep.
More than one spirit frequents the North Lincoln County Historical Museum at 4907 SW Hwy 101. The former curator frequently heard “human” noises traveling about from room to room and felt the benevolent presence of someone, even though no other humans were in the building. Psychics have felt the presence of a group that occasionally meets around the conference room table on the second floor.
Siletz Bay Schooner
Some 150 years ago a sailing vessel washed up in Siletz Bay at the south end of Lincoln City, just two blocks south of the Museum on SW 51st Street. Seen as recently as 10 years ago, the vessel, likely a schooner or a brig, has been buried in the mudflats of the bay, which was a working harbor in the early part of the 19th century.
That vessel may be the source of a ghost ship, which has occasionally been seen sailing into the bay, though not on the water, and then vanishing into thin air. A bay area resident saw the phantom ship as recently as 2001 as it sped full-sail toward her living room window. Siletz Bay is a good place to view wildlife, stroll on the beach, and take photographs, so allow 30-60 minutes for your stay there. Public restrooms and motor coach parking is available. Some areas are handicap accessible.
Legend of Devils Lake
Spirit? Monster? Devil? No one knows for sure. But as legend has it, a long-tentacled creature inhabits the 680-acre fresh water lake on the northeast side of Lincoln City. The lake, formed by sand dunes and beach deposits which blocked the lower end of the valley 14,000 years ago, empties into the ocean through the D River. At 120 feet long, it is reported to be the shortest river in the world.
Centuries ago, when it was known as Indian Bay, many Siletz Indians vanished into its waters when they were pulled from their vessels by giant tentacles. On one particular occasion, so the legend goes, a Chief sent warriors across the waters in an effort to win a maiden from the warrior of her choice. The waters boiled, and giant tentacles wrapped around the warriors and pulled them from their canoes. In an effort to pacify the devil, feasts were regularly held on the shores of the lake and sacrifices were offered to the Lake Devil, whose hideous head rose high above the surface.
Spouting Horn in Depoe Bay
A more restless ghost spends his time near the bar in the Spouting Horn Restaurant in Depoe Bay, just 8 miles (12.87 km) south of Lincoln City. His appearances were so frequent that children of the owners and employees finally dubbed him Ralph to give him a more familiar identity.
In the mid-eighties he appeared in a cook’s apron, arms crossed, and staring as if to suggest the humans he encountered were intruding on his territory. He frequently crosses the hallway to the dining room or streaks across the restaurant when only owners or employees are present. Public restrooms, and coach parking are available. Allow at least 30 minutes to have afternoon dessert and chat with the staff about Ralph. You’ll need to pay for your dessert but not for a sighting of Ralph.
Ghosts “Not Open to the Public”
A few haunted sites in Lincoln City cannot be visited by the general public. In a private home in the Roads End area, a young girl, seen only from the waist down, occasionally cooks breakfast for her father. Jealous of the current owners’ grandchildren, the girl regularly turns the children’s pictures to face the wall. She is believed to be the daughter of a man who worked in the area until and had committed suicide at the edge of Cascade Head.
The Fire Station in north Lincoln City houses the spirit of a former volunteer firefighter who makes as his home the first fire truck put into service at the station that is kept in the back bay. The bay area is always cold, even when the weather is hot and the doors are closed. A few of the volunteers have heard him walking up and down the stairs during the night, and one of the volunteers found him napping on the break room couch. But he vanished in an instant. Some of today’s volunteers believe that “Bob” still rides along with them to fires.
Haven’t gotten enough? For more information on ghosts and legends, consult the Pioneer History of North Lincoln County found at the North Lincoln County Historical Museum or A Haunted Tour Guide to the Pacific Northwest by Jefferson Davis.