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Oregon coast near Cannon Beach

A wide angle view toward Cannon Beach from Ecola State Park. History is a large part of this town’s identity, as its name suggests. Originally called Ecola, the town was renamed Cannon Beach following the sinking of the US survey schooner “The Shark” in 1846 and the discovery of the ship’s cannon on the nearby shore. A plaque now commemorates the event.

Directly west of the town is the actual Cannon Beach, with its awe-inspiring rock monoliths and nine miles of sandy beaches. Noted as “one of the world’s best beaches” by the Travel Channel, the coastline is home to the 235-ft. Haystack Rock, one of the largest monoliths of its kind in the world. Now considered a National Wildlife Refuge and Marine Garden, the rock is a breeding area for the tufted puffin and territory to a wide range of birds and sea life.

Posted by Don Wiley on May 22nd, 2006
Archived under: Color, Oregon coast

Slackwater is a period when tideland waters are becalmed between tides.

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