His Home – La Push, Washington

Location:  Clallam County, Washington, USA 

Known for: the Quiluete tribe, Whale-watching, natural beauty, and surfing

Zip Code: 98350

Became a popular tourist spot through the Twilight Saga.

12 miles from Forks, Washington

The name ‘La Push’ is an infusion of the French la bouche, meaning “mouth”, into Chinook Jargon. It describes the town’s location at the mouth of the Quileute River.

History

Tribal Quileute members built cedar canoes that ranged in size from two-man to ocean-going freight vessels capable of carrying three tons. They ranked second only to the Makah as whalers, and first among all the tribes as sealers. Special woolly-haired dogs were bred, and their hair spun into prized blankets. According to the stories, the Quileutes’ only kin, the Chimacum, were separated from them by a great flood that swept them to the Quimper Peninsula on the other side of the North Olympic Peninsula, where they were wiped out by Chief Seattle and the Suquamish Tribe in the 1860s.

First official contacts with the white man occurred in 1855, when the Quileutes signed a treaty with representatives of Territorial Governor Isaac Stevens. A treaty a year later would have moved them to a reservation in Taholah, but the Quileute territory was so remote it wasn’t enforced. In February 1889, an executive order by President Grover Cleveland established a one mile square reservation at La Push which, at the time, had 252 inhabitants. While villagers were picking hops in Puyallup, the town was destroyed by arson in 1889.

Today

La Push has ocean front resorts, a seafood company, fish hatchery and a new marina. Quileute Headquarters and a mini museum are on the old village site. The Quileute tribe has recreated its traditional skills and crafts, which are taught at school along with the unique language, which is unrelated to any root language in the world, and one of only five in the world without nasal sounds.

Sitting perched above First Beach in La Push is the La Push Ocean Park and Shoreline Resort, which features motels, townhouses and cabins. Lonesome Creek, a new store, post office and RV park are open in La Push. The popular Quileute Days takes place July 17-19 in La Push. The tribal celebration of cultural heritage and modern lifestyle includes a fireworks display, a traditional salmon bake, dancing and songs, a softball tournament, and other field sports, a slow pitch tournament, a horse show tournament, arts and craft display and food concessions.

Visiting

The Quileute Oceanside Resort is a high class luxury resort featuring 33 deluxe ocean front cabins, two 14 unit motels, camp grounds and a full service RV park. All motel units feature mini kitchens and are tastefully appointed in an authentic Native American motif with spectacular ocean views. They do not have televisions or telephones in their rooms in order to better facilitate your escape from the chaos of the outside world. Note: This is not a recommendation to stay there, merely an FYI.

Rates range from $63.00 – $280.00 per night.

Perhaps stay in the Wolf’s Den?

Quileute Oceanside Resort
330 Ocean Drive, PO Box 67
La Push, WA 98350

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