Cannon beach was discovered in the early 1800s by William Clarke, as part of the Lewis and Clarke expedition to the West Coast, and settled shortly after.
The beach quickly because famous for its iconic Haystack Rocks which marked it out as one of the most unusual beaches on the West Coast. In 1846, a cannon from the US Navy schooner Shark washed ashore just north of Arch Cape, a few miles to the south of the community. The schooner hit land while attempting to cross the Columbia Bar, also known as the "Graveyard of the Pacific." The cannon, rediscovered in 1898, eventually inspired a name change for the growing community.
The town is now named as one of the top 100 art towns in Northern America, and is home to a plethora of pretty Victorian cottages turned art galleries, museums and an ideal hiking destination.
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Places near Cannon Beach
- Portland 108 kilometers away
- Newport, Oregon 140 kilometers away
- Mount St. Helens 141 kilometers away
- Quinault 176 kilometers away
- Mount Rainier National Park 207 kilometers away
- Seattle 228 kilometers away
- Lake Crescent 243 kilometers away
- Port Angeles 252 kilometers away
- Bend (Sisters) 261 kilometers away
- Oregon 347 kilometers away
- Washington State 351 kilometers away
- Crater Lake National Park 364 kilometers away
- Crescent City 461 kilometers away
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