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« on: May 24, 2009, 11:26:43 pm »
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This story starts some 15 years ago when I lived in Oregon. My family liked to travel to the ocean and one of our favorite destinations in those days was Cannon Beach and Haystack rock. Haystack rock is an impressive feature about 2 or 300 feet out into the water. We had planned an adventure for the day because there was to be an extreme negative tide.

Whilst we were out examining the tide pools I came across a flat piece of rock looking like something from the 10 comandments. It was securely wedged into the rocks, and although unreadable by me was obviously man made. Since I couldnt dislodge it I made a note of its location. At the time I was not very aware of the history of that coastline so I didn't think much of it.

When I got back home I spent some quality time at work perusing the local legends, lucky for me I was working at a technology company which allowed me to find out some things. I now believe this stone to be related to either Sir Frances Drake's land survey or possibly one of his stashes. Another possibility is it being related to the Nehakanie treasure, although I believe it to be less likely based on physical location. There are several of these rocks around the area apparently as I have read about some hunts that took place in the 60s-70s. Some of them were moved from thier original locations by these people. I have found 2 in all my searches. One in a sea cave about a mile south of the state park near Cannon Beach, and the one on the south side of Haystack rock. I am guessing no one else knows about that one, since it can only be reached at negative low tide. If anyone goes out and finds this I would like to hear about it. I always planned to return but just never have so I thought I would share. If anyone is interested I will post a map. Happy Hunting 

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« Reply #1 on: May 25, 2009, 06:43:23 am »
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Wow, thats really interesting Jones. Why do they call that beach "Cannon Beach"?

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« Reply #2 on: May 25, 2009, 11:39:43 am »
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Good story and I to would like to know the story behind Cannon Beach

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« Reply #3 on: May 29, 2009, 12:13:03 am »
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Thanks Smiley It's a pretty cool place if you ever get a chance to go. It's called Cannon beach for a bronze ships cannons that were found near by. A little touristy but still pretty neat. Lotta history along that coast I never really realized until I started visiting.


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Also down south a bit farther on Nehalem Spit somewhere is an old galleon named the St. Francis Xavier. I first read about it in an old treasure book from the 50s and always wanted to get out looking for it. Never really did though. Supposedly it pops up from the sand now and again although I imagine it's pretty well disintegrated by now.

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« Reply #4 on: August 05, 2009, 09:43:17 am »
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Greetings Jones was just browsing some of the older posts and came across yours about Cannon beach. I have to say it is very interesting.  I go to Cannon quite often and will have to check this out next time I am there. Is there anymore information you would be willing to provide? Did you find any other interesting local legends other than the St. Francis Xavier? I have been researching this one a bit already. Maybe there is a Goonies treasure after all.  Grin

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Greetings Jones was just browsing some of the older posts and came across yours about Cannon beach. I have to say it is very interesting.  I go to Cannon quite often and will have to check this out next time I am there. Is there anymore information you would be willing to provide? Did you find any other interesting local legends other than the St. Francis Xavier? I have been researching this one a bit already. Maybe there is a Goonies treasure after all.  Grin


I believe that is Sir Frances Drake he was referring to, not the saint.

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« Reply #6 on: August 05, 2009, 11:03:17 am »
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Or maybe, the San Francis Xavier as a few sites have referred to it as.

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Or maybe, the San Francis Xavier as a few sites have referred to it as.


That would most likely be an error as he never set foot in Oregon according to his biography. He spent most of his time in China and Japan.

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« Reply #8 on: August 05, 2009, 12:02:05 pm »
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My apologies, I think I read incorrectly and jumbled things up. I was referring to the name of ship and I think you, the name of the man.

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My apologies, I think I read incorrectly and jumbled things up. I was referring to the name of ship and I think you, the name of the man.


No apology required, mate. Some people use Google to search for information and find minor errors like this and believe they are some hidden fact that they did not know about. It is truly impossible to retract something once it is in Google but we can sure do our best to correct those tiny errors when we spot them.

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