Last summer, I visited this state park while staying in Cannon Beach. The park is only a few miles south of town. The park is a small wayside with easy access to the beach and some interesting history. Many years ago, people traveled by stagecoach along the beach before the highway was built. You can still see the original trail carved into the rock. I saw a picture in a gift shop with a Model T on this old trail.
My dad had moved to Oregon with his family in 1895 to work in logging. He lived several miles inland from the ocean near Albany, OR. It was fun for me to imagine that maybe at some time, he had visited this spot and even driven on that bit of roadway.
I found this note in the Oregon Coast Beach Connection News:
"There is a road carved out of the rocky headland in this engaging beach, which was created in the early part of the century to allow Model T's and horse-drawn carriages around the point at medium tides. Back at that time, there was no Highway 101 (it wasn’t built until the 30’s), and the beaches were Oregon’s coastal highways.
Most of the road is worn away and barnacle-covered now, but there are bits of the concrete left, as well as a remnant of the old traffic light which kept these ancient vehicles from smacking into each other."
Looking south along the roadway at low tide:
Standing on the roadway looking south at low tide:
Looking north along the roadway at low tide. I don't think I'll try driving it myself!