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McKenzie Head

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

Bunkhouse, McKenzie Head (bobcat)
Lewis & Clark Monument, McKenzie Head (bobcat)


In November, 1805, Captain William Clark and members of his party climbed to the top of a grassy knoll to get broad views of the Pacific Ocean and the mouth of the Columbia River. That night, they camped on a beach which is now about one mile inland due to silting after jetty construction. The knoll is no longer a grassy expanse and is covered with a growth of red alder. Below the knoll are two ponds: McKenzie Head Lagoon and O'Neil Lake.

The gun emplacements and bunkers here, Fort Canby Battery 247, were constructed in World War II as part of a triad of defenses, the others being at Fort Stevens and at Fort Columbia.

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