Neahkahnie Mountain

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Neahkahnie Mountain
Neahkahnie Mountain North.JPG
Neahkahnie Mountain from the North.
Highest point
Elevation 1680+ feet (512+ m) [1]
Coordinates 45°44′49″N 123°57′06″W / 45.74696°N 123.951783°W / 45.74696; -123.951783Coordinates: 45°44′49″N 123°57′06″W / 45.74696°N 123.951783°W / 45.74696; -123.951783[1]
Translation The place of the supreme deity [2] (Tillamook)
Neahkahnie Mountain is located in Oregon
Neahkahnie Mountain
Neahkahnie Mountain
Tillamook County, Oregon, U.S.
Parent range Northern Oregon Coast Range
Topo map USGS Nehalem

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.[1] 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.[3]

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.[4]


View of Manzanita and Nehalem Bay from Neahkanie Mountain

in 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 [5]

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  1. ^ a b c "Neahkahnie Mountain, Oregon". Retrieved 2009-12-31. 
  2. ^ "Neah-Kah-Nie Mountain". Retrieved 2009-12-31. 
  3. ^ Tales of the Neahkahnie Treasure (Tillamook: Nehalem Valley Historical Society, Treasure Committee, 1991), p. 2
  4. ^ McArthur, Oregon Geographic Names, 5th edition (Portland: Western Imprints, 1982), p. 534
  5. ^ "Francis Drake's 1579 symbolic Sovereign Act of Possession on Neahkahnie Mountain, Oregon". Retrieved May 20, 2015. 

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