Marker Logo HMdb.org THE HISTORICAL
MARKER DATABASE
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Near Cannon Beach in Clatsop County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)
 

Ecola

 
 
Ecola Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 23, 2017
1. Ecola Marker
Inscription.  On January 8, 1806 William Clark and perhaps fourteen of the famous expedition reached a Tillamook village of five cabins on a creek which Captain Clark named Ecola or Whale Creek. Three days earlier, two men sent out from Fort Clatsop to locate a salt making site had brought back whale blubber given them by beach Indians. Appreciating the welcome addition to the explorers’ diet, Clark set out to find the whale or buy its blubber.
Traveling a perilous trail across Tillamook Head the food hunters, including Sacajawea and a young Indian guide, descended to “a butifull sand shore”. Crossing a stream later named Elk Creek by early settlers, the food hunters found the whale’s 105-foot skeleton.
Some oil and 300 pounds of blubber were bought from the Indians at “Ecola” Creek, who were busily rendering the whale meat with hot stones in wood troughs.
 
Erected by Oregon Travel Experience.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ExplorationNative Americans
Ecola Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 23, 2017
2. Ecola Marker
. In addition, it is included in the Lewis & Clark Expedition, and the Oregon Beaver Boards series lists.
 
Location. 45° 54.692′ N, 123° 56.925′ W. Marker is near Cannon Beach, Oregon, in Clatsop County. Marker is on Oregon Coast Highway (U.S. 101) near Radar Road, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Cannon Beach OR 97110, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. "Cannon Beach" (here, next to this marker); Ekkoli: A Whale of a Tale (approx. 2 miles away); A Convenient Place for Making Salt (approx. 4.8 miles away); Lewis & Clark Salt Cairn (approx. 5.1 miles away); The Saltworks (approx. 5.1 miles away); Site of the Lewis and Clark Salt Camp (approx. 5.1 miles away); Gilbert Inn - 1892 (approx. 5.7 miles away); Tsunami (approx. 5.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cannon Beach.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 11, 2018. It was originally submitted on February 2, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 96 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 2, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
Paid Advertisement
Jun. 5, 2020