Siltation - Erosion
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Volcanoguy
N 44° 55.650 W 124° 01.130
10T E 419599 N 4975401
A history sign in the Historic Taft District of Lincoln City, Oregon.
Waymark Code: WMH6BY
Location: Oregon, United States
Date Posted: 05/29/2013
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member TheBeanTeam
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This sign is one of a group of history signs about the Historic Taft District and is located along SW 51st Street.

Marker Name: Siltation - Erosion

Marker Text: The remains of a hundred-foot schooner have slowly disappeared into the sands of Siletz Bay just west of the rocks. Old-timers have said the schooner drifted into the bay under full sail with no one on board. The name of the sailing ship and the date it ran aground are still debated, but there is no doubt why the rotting ribs are no longer visible. Each year the bay gets shallower due to the build up of marine sand and mud from the rivers. This build up, called siltation, has slowly covered the unknown ship.

The rock islands you see are part of an ancient volcanic dike and reminders of the violent volcanic past of the Pacific Northwest. When comparing this photo to the rocks today, it is evident that a great amount of erosion has taken place. The ongoing motion of sand and tides and the heavy rains and gale force winds of the Oregon coast cause extreme erosion and create an environment of constant change.

For a more complete photographic and written history of the Taft area and North Lincoln County, visit the North Lincoln County Historical Museum at 4907 Highway 101 here in Taft.

Historic Topic: Geological

Group Responsible for placement: City Government

Marker Type: City

Region: Coast

County: Lincoln

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

Web link to additional information: Not listed

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