Seal Rock, Oregon

Seal Rock, Oregon

Seal Rock is an unincorporated coastal community in Lincoln County, Oregon, United States, between Newport and Waldport on U.S. Route 101.

The community of Seal Rock is named for the Seal Rocks, a ledge of partially submerged rocks that parallel the shore for about two and half miles.cite book
last = McArthur
first = Lewis A.
authorlink = Lewis A. McArthur
coauthors = Lewis L. McArthur
title = Oregon Geographic Names
origyear = 1928
edition = Seventh Edition
year = 2003
publisher = Oregon Historical Society Press
location = Portland, Oregon
id = ISBN 0-87595-277-1
pages =
] In Chinook Jargon the area was called "Seal Illahe", meaning "seal place" or "seal home", while "Seal Rocks" is what the locality was called in pioneer times, when it was an early resort community. The name "Seal Rock" appears to refer to the one large rock, about 20 feet above water, that was formerly where hundreds of seals and sea lions would rest.

Seal Rock was the terminus of the Corvallis & Yaquina Bay Wagon Road, which was the first road to reach the Oregon Coast from the Willamette Valley.cite web |author= M. Constance Guardino, III & Rev. Marilyn A. Riedel |url= |title=Sovereigns of Themselves: A Liberating History of Oregon and Its Coast, Volume III |date=January 2006 |accessdate=2007-10-21] The town of Seal Rock was platted in 1887 and three blocks of hotels were built, but development lagged and the assets of the road company were transferred to the promoter of the Oregon Pacific Railway, T. Egenton Hogg.cite web |url= |title=A Lincoln County Road Trip Into The Past |publisher=Oregon Coast History Center |accessdate=2007-10-21] Seal Rock post office was established in 1890.

Seal Rock State Recreation Site is a day-use site that includes tidepools and a stretch of beach.

Seal Rock is also the name of an address-restricted archaeological site in the vicinity that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.citeweb|title=Oregon National Register List|url= |date=July 16 2007 |accessdate=2007-10-21]


External links

* [ Oregon Coastal Atlas: Seal Rock Rocky Shore Management Cell]
* [ Seal Rock State Recreation Site] from Oregon Parks and Recreation Department

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