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Cannon Beach is a town in Oregon. In December 1805, two members of the Lewis and Clark Expedition returned to winter camp at Fort Clatsop with blubber from a whale that had beached 20 mi (32 km) south. In January William Clark explored the region himself and saw what he described as "the grandest and most pleasing prospects which my eyes ever surveyed, in front of a boundless Ocean." He bartered with some members of the Tillamook tribe for 300 pounds (140 g) of blubber and some whale oil, and named the creek "Ekoli" (Chinook for "whale"). Early settlers later renamed it Elk Creek and founded a village with that name. In 1846 the "SS Shark" sank trying to cross the "Graveyard of the Pacific" (the Columbia Bar); in 1898 one of its cannon was rediscovered just north of Arch Cape, the terminal point of the beach, which inspired Elk Creek's name change to Cannon Beach in 1922; the creek was renamed Ecola. In 1964 Cannon Beach became the first commmunity in the Pacific Northwest to host an annual sand sculpting contest.
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