Neahkahnie Sunset

Some say there’s buried treasure on the Neahkanie headlands, while others say the ancient marks on the mountain are survey marks from early Spanish exploration of the Oregon Coast. 

A few miles south of Neahkanie it’s a documented fact that for years early settlers recovered large cakes of beeswax bearing Spanish symbols from the shifting sands near an old a shipwreck on Nehalem spit. Modern analysis of the wax and other scattered artifacts supports the conclusion that a Spanish Manila Galleon working the Philippines to Acapulco trade route was somehow blown off course and wrecked on Nehalem spit. 

Since the Spanish operated the Philippines to Acapulco trade route from about 1600 to 1800 the wreck must be from that time, and since the Spanish were using the vast gold and silver riches from their conquest of the new world to fund their Asia trade, it’s quite possible the survivors of the shipwreck actually did have something worth hiding on the closest available landmark; Neahkanie Mountain. 

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