TPJCC was originaly a Naval Base, it was built on a man made island on the Columbia River as a submarine and destroyer base. Construction was past in 1919, 1921 dredging began and construction completion was finished in1924 with a break water and 4 woden finger piers that extended into the Cathlamet Bay. However, the decreased military appropriation following WW1, the base was never used. The actual ground breaking for the Naval Air Station began in 1939. Construction of buildings finally got underway in 1943 and was to be a base for amphibious seaplane patrols. PBY Catalinas arrived in 1943 and began coastal patrols.THis proved difficult due to the logs and other flaoting debris which made takeoff and landing conditions hazardous. It is said that you can feel the presence of men walking the by what is now the seaman ship trade area. In 1944 the PBY Catalinas at Tongue Point were replaced by larger & more capable PBM Mariners. It is said that what is now Res. 1 the basement (old orintation room) had caught on fire this was the officer quarters and the men didn't get out you can still see a man on fire through the windows. By 1962, the Tongue Point Naval Air Station was transferred to the General Services Administration as excess property. In 1981, the federal government sold much of the land (including 2 of the 3 hangars) to the State of Oregon. Part of the facilities are used as the Tongue Point Job Corps Center. The original occupants of TPJCC were shipped from the eastcoast in 1960 with the options of jail or a trade, it was also
a "Male" only center. During this time there were many acts of violence but the one killing that I know of was under the fire exit of res. 2 where two Boys got into a fight and one of them was stabbed to death. His spirt has been seen and felt. 1970 was when women were allowed to attend TPJCC rummors of rape and murder came at this time I don't know the details but have heard many ppl talk of seeing woman. From 1970 - 1997 when I attended school there I was told of many stories many I can't remember there are only two stories of which I do remember 2 females were attending JC when they took the buss to Seaside for the weekend they decided to camp on the beach while on the beach they were murdered one body was found on the hwy to Tongue Point the other was found in the river by one of the piers. The last death that I remember hearing of on this center took place in 1996 or 97? On a weekend a female student decided to drink and consumed enough to get alcohol poisoning. She made it to her room one of her roommates noticed her and stuffed her under the mattress of her bunk so the R.A's wouldn't find her there she suffocated either by the weight of the matress or exfixiation or a combination of both. The body was recovered hours later. There has been sightings of this spirit too. This is all the knowledge I have of this center so far I will continue to look and find out more.
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