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Near Manzanita in Tillamook County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)
 

Neahkahnie Mountain

 
 
Neahkahnie Mountain Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 22, 2017
1. Neahkahnie Mountain Marker
Inscription. You are standing on the west shoulder of Neahkahnie Mountain - at 1,661 feet, it is one of the highest points on Oregonís coast. The mountainís name is said to be a Native American word for “home of the supreme being.” This basalt, sandstone, and shale monolith has guarded Oregonís North Coast for thousands of years.

A Roadblock
The beach was the road along Oregonís coast during the late 1800s. Horses and wagons traveled for miles along the firm, wet sand - until Neahkahnie Mountain. With no room to pass around its base, travelers braved the mountainís dangerously steep slopes and loose rock on an Indian trail. This problem persisted well into the 20th century, until construction of the Pacific Coast Highway, which became U.S. Highway 101. Even today, Neahkahnie Mountain often creates significant maintenance and repair headaches for Oregonís Department of Transportation.
Neahkahnie Mountain has also proved hazardous to seafarers - many ships have wrecked along this stretch of Oregonís coastline. One of the most puzzling was the wreck of the British vessel Glenesslin. The ship ran headlong into the base of Neahkahnie Mountain on September 30, 1913. Why she wrecked, with a full crew of skilled “old salts” on board, remains a mystery.
 
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Neahkahnie Mountain Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 22, 2017
2. Neahkahnie Mountain Marker
Oregon Department of Transportation.
 
Location. 45° 44.673′ N, 123° 57.64′ W. Marker is near Manzanita, Oregon, in Tillamook County. Marker is on Oregon Coast Highway (U.S. 101) near Meadow Loop, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Manzanita OR 97130, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Oswald West (here, next to this marker); Roosevelt Elk (here, next to this marker); In Harmony with Nature (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Oswald West (here, next to this marker); Safety and Beauty (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); From Footpath to Highway (about 700 feet away); The First People (about 800 feet away); Uncanny Neahkahnie (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Manzanita.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on February 5, 2018. This page originally submitted on February 5, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 63 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 5, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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