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Cannon Beach received its name from a small iron cannon that came ashore from the wreck of the U.S. Navy Schooner, “The Shark.” The area just North of the beach is known as Ecola State Park because when the Louis and Clark expedition arrived here the local Salish people were harvesting a whale that had washed up on the sand. The explorers were thoroughly tired of elk meat, so happily traded for a bit of whale (E-cu-la) blubber.