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First Coastal Expeditions

Posted on: September 19th, 2011 in Historical Marker Details |

Subject:¬†First overland treks in 1826-27 led by Alexander McLeod of the Hudson’s Bay Company.

Included French Canadians, such as Michel Laframboise who served as an interpreter, as well as Hawaiians, and Iroquois Indians. These explorations opened this portion of Oregon’s coast to commercial trapping and further exploration.

McLeod’s first expedition camped on the banks of nearby Beaver Creek from June 29 to July 10, 1826. Calling this stream the ‘Nackito River,’ McLeod noted, ‘a good many Beaver have been caught.’ This camp served as a temporary base from which the party trapped on local streams, traded for furs, and hunted for food.