One of American’s Best 100 Art Towns
If you never been to Cannon Beach, Oregon, add it to your bucket list of small towns. Cannon Beach is a mini version of Carmel-By-The-Sea, California with shops, galleries, live theater, market
The beauty and serenity of the shores along Cannon Beach has not gone unnoticed. Featured in Stephen Leatherman’s book, America’s Best Beaches, the margin of sand bordering Cannon Beach was rated Best Overall Beach in the state of Oregon. Author John Villani names Cannon Beach as one of America’s Best 100 Art Towns. National Geographic listed Cannon Beach as “one of the world’s 100 most beautiful places” in their June 2013 issue.
How the Town got it’s Name
In 1846, a cannon from the US Navy schooner Shark washed ashore just north of Arch Cape, a few miles 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 cannon is now housed in the city’s museum and a replica of it can be seen alongside US Route 101.
Cannon Beach: Cannon Beach has been called one of the “World’s 100 Most Beautiful Places” by National Geographic and one of “The 100 Best Art Towns in America” by author John Villani. Only four miles in length, and with a population of less than 2,000 residents, Cannon Beach is a popular and picturesque town catering to almost 1 million visitors annually. Click here for more info.
Haystack Rock – Cannon Beach’s icon
Haystack Rock is kind of like Cannon Beach’s icon – formed as a result of lava flow from 16 million years ago. Rising up from the sand at 235 feet tall, it can be seen from almost everywhere in town. It had
The Mystery of Haystack Rock and the Murder at Cannon Beach Hotel — a fantasy crime novel introducing Peter Valmont, history’s most brilliant thief with long-reaching government ties. In a quirky romp around the world and back to idyllic Cannon Beach, Oregon, Valmont’s genius is trapped in a life of crime. Click here for more info.
Discovered on the Lewis and Clark Expedition
The first recorded journey by a European to what is now Cannon Beach, was made by William Clark, one of the leaders of the Lewis and Clark Expedition in early 1806. The expedition was wintering at Fort Clatsop, roughly 20 miles to the north near the mouth of the Columbia River.
Lewis and Clark On the Trail of Discover: Describes the expedition led by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark to explore the unknown western regions of America at the beginning of the nineteenth century. Includes facsimiles of journal entries, maps, and letters inserted in folders and under flaps. Click here for more info.