Duckbill (rock formation)

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Duckbill (rock formation at Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area), 2014-08-27 iPhone.jpg
The rock formation on August 27, 2014
Map showing the location of Duckbill
Map showing the location of Duckbill
Location in Oregon
LocationTillamook County, Oregon
Coordinates45°13′04″N 123°58′46″W / 45.21777°N 123.97934°W / 45.21777; -123.97934Coordinates: 45°13′04″N 123°58′46″W / 45.21777°N 123.97934°W / 45.21777; -123.97934
Elevation39 feet (12 m)
GeologySandstone hoodoo

Duckbill was a sandstone hoodoo rock formation at Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area, in the U.S. state of Oregon. The formation served as a tourist attraction along the Oregon Coast and was photographed frequently prior to being toppled by vandals on August 29, 2016.[1][2][3][4]

The group that toppled the rock asserted that it was a safety hazard because a friend of theirs had broken a leg on the rock formation.[5] Chris Havel, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department associate director, noted that the formation was fenced-off and signs warned visitors against approaching it: "The fence is very clear, you have to intentionally move the wires aside and crawl through it."[6]

The vandals were not caught.[7]


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  2. ^ CNN, AnneClaire Stapleton. "Vandals topple Oregon's iconic rock formation". Retrieved 7 September 2016.
  3. ^ "The Destroyers of a Beloved Rock Formation Claimed They Were 'Doing the World or Oregon a Favor'". 6 September 2016. Retrieved 7 September 2016.
  4. ^ Saul, Emily (5 September 2016). "Video shows vandals destroying iconic Oregon rock formation". Retrieved 7 September 2016.
  5. ^ Chokshi, Niraj (September 8, 2016). "Oregon police look for people who destroyed popular "Duckbill" rock formation". Alaska Dispatch News. Retrieved September 8, 2016.
  6. ^ "The destruction of a social media 'rock star'". BBC News. 10 September 2016.
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