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Neahkahnie Mountain, Oregon

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Neahkahnie Mountain is a mountain, or headland, on the Oregon Coast, north of Manzanita in Oswald West State Park overlooking U.S. Route 101. The peak is part of the Northern Oregon Coast Range, which is part of the Oregon Coast Range. It is best known for stories of Spanish treasure said to be buried either at the foot of the mountain, or on its slopes.In earlier times, Native Americans would set fires to clear the mountain slopes so deer and elk would have tender vegetation to eat in the spring. Pioneers afterwards did the same so their cattle and sheep would have grass to graze on. Since at least 1990, however, this practice was discontinued and the slopes are heavily forested in many places.The name comes from the Tillamook language, although according to Lewis A. McArthur the meaning of the word is controversial. Neah-Kah-Nie (other spellings, although obsolescent include "Ne-a-karney" and Ne-kah-ni) is translated as "the place of the god", whose name has been transcribed as Acarna.Historyin 1971 M. Wayne Jensen Jr., Director of the Tillamook County Pioneer Museum and Don Vlies, commercial fishermen suggested the stones were traces of a plane table survey made by Sir Francis Drake in 1579 as a Symbolic Sovereign Act for England
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  • If you've always wanted to summit a mountain but aren't super excited about strapping on spiked boots, high-tech ropes and oxygen then this is the mountain for you...and you know who you are First off...  more »
  • Neahkahnie Mountian is stunning. The views down the mountain and out onto the ocean are beautiful. We did not spend too much time in this area, but the drive, pull out and views make this a must stop....  more »
  • We stopped here last week while touring up and down the northern Oregon Coast. This place is a showstopper for views! There are a number of large informative plaques with great information about the a...  more »

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