The Mythology of Castle Rock in Arch Cape

Castle Rock, Arch Cape, Oregon Coast

Castle Rock, Arch Cape, Oregon Coast

In her 1958 book “Clatsop County, Oregon: A History,” author Emma Gene Miller describes a native legend about Castle Rock, which sits off Arch Cape beach (p. 5). “As the natives told it to Captain William Warren, an old timer, and recounted to him to Mrs. W.W. Banks, it goes…”

“A Tillamook Indian tribe lived on top of Neahkahnie Mountain with a beautiful princess while North Wind lived nearby on Castle Rock, which was connected by a narrow strip of land to the mainland. North Wind saw the beautiful princess and fell desperately in love with her, so he blew to show his affection. But he never had been near her until one night when he was blowing, storming and raging he blew himself right on top of Neahkahnie Mountain where he seized the princess in his arms and took her to his home on Castle Rock. Immediately, the jealous, angry Indian braves pursued him. North Wind turned and blew the hardest he had ever blown during any of his storms. He raged until the narrow strip of land crumbled and fell into the ocean, taking the Indians to their death. Ever after, the rock stood majestically alone — the home of North Wind and the Princess.”


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