Stopped by Eureka Muni just because I could. The Samoa Dunes Park is a favorite with the local ATV crowd.
I’m guessing the airport dates back to the WWII just after Pearl Harbor when the fear of a Japanese invasion was at its height. According to the local park signage, Japanese submarines would show up once in a while and take pot-shots at local shipping. Balloons and flying boats would be dispatched to drop bombs on them and the locals would comb the beaches for washed up Japanese “memorabilia”. The concrete ammunition bunkers are still to be seen along the dunes.
The Oregon coastline has a quite different character to California’s – somehow more blasted and bleak.