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Historical Markers on the Oregon Coast


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P1 - Fort Stevens, off US 101
In Ft. Stevens State Park.
History of the area, land uses, and the naming of Fort Stevens.

P2 - Fort Clatsop, off US 101
Near Ft. Clatsop National Memorial, south of Astoria.
The 1805-1806 winter headquarters of explorers Lewis & Clark.

P3 - Tsunami, off US 101
'A' Avenue & S. Promenade, Seaside.
Provides information about the devastating waves called 'tsunamis' which can strike the Oregon coast and what action should be taken in case of such an occurrence.

P4 - Ecola, US 101
North of Cannon Beach, milepost 27.7.
William Clark's visit to this area in 1806 and his purchase of whale oil and blubber from the local Indians.

P5 - Cannon Beach, US 101
Three miles south of Cannon Beach.
How Cannon Beach got its name from the 1856 wreck of the Naval schooner Shark.

P6 - Sunset Highway, US 26
Near junction with OR 53.
The Sunset Highway is dedicated to members of the 41st Division who wore the Sunset emblem.

P7 - Tillamook Burn, US 26
Sunset Springs Rest Area, west of Portland at milepost 28.
Describes the devastating forest fires of 1933, 1939, and 1945 and subsequent reforestation.

P8 - 41st Infantry Division, US 26
Sunset Springs Rest Area, west of Portland at milepost 28.
The rest area was dedicated to the 41st Infantry (Sunset) Division.

P9 - Tillamook Burn, OR 6
Thirty-two miles east of Tillamook.
The site of disastrous forest fires in 1933, 1939, and 1945.

P10 - Capt. Robert Gray, US 101
1/4 mile north of Garibaldi, milepost 54.8
Capt. Gray was the first known U.S. citizen in recorded history to set foot on the Oregon shoreline in 1788.

P11 - Yaquina Bay, US 101
Yaquina Bay Park off Hwy 101, Newport.
Yaquina Bay Lighthouse established in 1871.

P12 - Tsunami, off US 101
Newport Bay Aquarium, Ferry Slip Road, Newport.
Provides information about the devastating waves called 'tsunamis' which can strike the Oregon coast and what action should be taken in case of such an occurrence.

P13 - First Coastal Expeditions, US 101
In Ona Beach State Park, seven miles south of Newport.
First overland treks in 1826-27 led by Alexander McLeod of the Hudson's Bay Company.

P14 - Oregon Coast Indians, OR 126
One mile east of Florence.
Site of the main village of the Suislaw Indian Tribe and the tribes' association with early fur traders and the U.S. government.

P15 - Jedediah Smith, US 101
1/2 mile north of Reedsport.
Trapper and explorer Smith made the first recorded overland trip from California and camped near here in 1828.

P16 - Tsunami, US 101
Visitor's Center in Reedsport at the junction of US 101 and OR 38.
Provides information about the devastating waves called 'tsunamis' which can strike the Oregon coast and what action should be taken in case of such an occurrence.

P17 - Scottsburg, OR 38
In Scottsburg.
Honors Levi Scott, founder of town, and early area commerce.

P18 - Empire City, OR 240
Coos Bay City Park Boat Ramp, Mill and Holland Streets.
Describes the history of the port city from its native origins through its decline after the turn of the 20th century.

P19 - Spruce Soldiers, OR 42
In Sturdivant Park, City of Coquille.
Describes the use of Oregon Sitka Spruce in the construction of aircraft during World War 1.

P20 - Cape San Sebastian, US 101
Six miles south of Gold Beach
Spanish navigators were the first to explore the North American Pacific Coast.

P21 - Conflict at Pistol River, US 101
Ten miles south of Gold Beach
Site of the battle in the Rogue River Indian Wars, 1856.

P22 - Japanese Attack on Oregon, off US 101
Constitution Avenue, City of Brookings.
Describes the first enemy aircraft bombing of the U.S. mainland, an attack launched by the Japanese in September 1942.