Necanicum, Oregon

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Necanicum is a historic unincorporated community in Clatsop County, Oregon, United States.[1] It is located about 13 miles southeast of Seaside on U.S. Route 26 in the Northern Oregon Coast Range, next to the Necanicum River. Necanicum Junction is about a mile east of the site of the former post office, at the intersection of U.S. 26 and Oregon Route 53.[2][3] It is served by the Seaside post office.

The post office at this locale was originally named "Ahlers" after Herman Ahlers, a local resident and the first postmaster.[4] Ahlers changed the name of the office to "Push" in 1899, because he expected the place to become an enterprising community.[4] The name was changed to Necanicum in 1907, after the Necanicum River, and the office closed in 1916, with Ahlers still postmaster.[4] "Necanicum" is one of many names in northwest Oregon beginning with ne, which is a Native American prefix indicating a place.[4] Necanicum is derived from Ne-hay-ne-hum, the name of a Native American lodge upstream.[4] The journal of the Oregon Pioneer Association gave the name as "Nekonikon" in 1887.[4] Herman Ahlers said the name meant "a gap in the mountains".[4] The current spelling was adopted by a decision of the United States Board on Geographic Names in 1915, as the most common local usage over "Necanacum" and "Nekanakum".[1]

In 1915, Necanicum had a population of 50.[5] As of 1990, there was a store and a café at Necanicum Junction.[5]


  1. ^ a b "Necanicum (historical)". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. May 22, 1986. Retrieved 2010-12-18. 
  2. ^ Oregon Atlas & Gazetteer (7th ed.). Yarmouth, Maine: DeLorme. 2008. p. 20. ISBN 0-89933-347-8. 
  3. ^ "Necanicum Junction". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. May 22, 1986. Retrieved 2010-12-18. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g McArthur, Lewis A.; McArthur, Lewis L. (2003) [First published 1928]. Oregon Geographic Names (7th ed.). Portland, Oregon: Oregon Historical Society Press. pp. 693–694. ISBN 9780875952772. OCLC 53075956. 
  5. ^ a b Friedman, Ralph (1990). In Search of Western Oregon (2nd ed.). Caldwell, Idaho: The Caxton Printers, Ltd. ISBN 0-87004-332-3. 

Coordinates: 45°54′24″N 123°47′05″W / 45.906777°N 123.784855°W / 45.906777; -123.784855