Roosevelt Elk
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N 45° 44.672 W 123° 57.646
10T E 425264 N 5066112
Sign about Roosevelt Elk in Oregon at Neahkahnie Mountain View Point.
Waymark Code: WM13JK
Location: Oregon, United States
Date Posted: 01/03/2007
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
Views: 22

One of four history signs at the Neahkahnie Mountain View Point on Hwy 101. There are also 6 information signs.

Marker Name: Roosevelt Elk
Marker Text: Elk have populated Oregon’s north coast for thousands of years. A legend holds that the name of this mountain - Neahkahnie - is derived from the spanish “Carne” (Meat) exclaimed by explorers when they saw elk on these slopes.
A Lifesaving Resource
Elk provided a reliable food source for local Native Americans, explorers, and early settlers. During their winter sojourn at Fort Clatsop (1805-1806), the Lewis and Clark Expedition relied heavily on elk. “It we find that the Elk have left us,” noted William Clark in his journal on March 5, 1806, “we have determined to assend the (columbia) river slowly and endeaver to precure Subsistance. . . .”
Wanton slaughter and commercial hunting brought the state’s elk population to the brink of extinction by the late 1890s - only a few small herds remained in remote areas of the Coast Range. Oregon’s Legislature protected elk in 1899, and it was thirty years before hunting was again allowed.
During the 1960s, and 1970s, elk transplanted by the state from the North Coast, re-populated the Cascade and Coast ranges. Today, thousands of these majestic animals thrive along this coast, providing recreation opportunities for hunters and wildlife viewers. Jewell Meadows Wildlife Area, 10 miles north of Highway 26, is an excellent place to view elk.

Historic Topic: Pioneer

Group Responsible for placement: State of Oregon

Marker Type: Roadside

Region: Coast

County: Tillamook

State of Oregon Historical Marker "Beaver Board": Not listed

Web link to additional information: Not listed

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