- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 29, 2016

ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) - Cannon Beach’s 2,000-pound namesake is back home.

The Daily Astorian reports (https://bit.ly/293qMVx ) that the iron cannon will be included in a permanent exhibit at the Cannon Beach History Center and Museum. It is expected to be set up by mid-summer.

The coastal town was named Ecola until 1922, when residents voted to adopt the name Cannon Beach.

Historians believe the cannon is from the deck of the USS Shark, a naval schooner that sank in the Columbia River in 1846. It was found, lost, and came ashore again in 1898.

The cannon spent four years being restored in Texas and was later stored at a maritime museum.

Museum and county officials say moving and unpacking the cannon was more difficult than expected, so they called a construction company for help.


Information from: The Daily Astorian, https://www.dailyastorian.com

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