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Manhattan Beach State Recreation Site
Path to the beach
Type Public, state
Location 2 miles (3.2 km) north of Rockaway Beach
45°38′34″N 123°56′29″W / 45.64278°N 123.94139°W / 45.64278; -123.94139 (Manhattan Beach State Park)Coordinates: 45°38′34″N 123°56′29″W / 45.64278°N 123.94139°W / 45.64278; -123.94139 (Manhattan Beach State Park)[1]
Size 41 acres (17 ha)
Operated by Oregon State Parks and Recreation Department
Status Day use, year-round

Manhattan Beach State Recreation Site is a state park in the U.S. state of Oregon. Administered by the Oregon State Parks and Recreation Department, the park is open to the public and is fee-free. Amenities at the park, which is 2 miles (3.2 km) north of Rockaway Beach along U.S. Route 101, include picnicking, fishing, and a Pacific Ocean beach.[2]

The entrance road from the highway leads across tracks of the Southern Pacific Railroad to a site with coastal vegetation, picnic tables, and restrooms. Although the park occupies only 41 acres (17 ha), its beach forms part of a 7-mile (11 km) stretch of public beaches between Tillamook Bay on the south and Nehalem Bay on the north. Sea stacks called the Twin Rocks can be seen offshore to the south near the unincorporated community of Twin Rocks. The Oregon Coast Trail passes though the park.[3]

Oregon Geographic Names (OGN) says that the name Manhattan Beach "strongly savors of real-estate activity". The Pacific Railway & Navigation Company, which opened a rail line through a nearby summer resort in 1912, named its train station "Manhattan Beach". The unincorporated community of Manhattan Beach had a post office between 1914 and 1975. In 1926, the postmaster wrote that promoters chose the name because Manhattan Beach, Oregon, was a watering place. OGN says the name might be "particularly inappropriate" considering that a native American word for Manhattan Island in New York probably meant "place of drunkenness" and that "no one gets drunk in Oregon, certainly not in watering places. No indeed."[4][5]

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References

  1. ^ "Manhattan Beach State Park". Geographic Names Information System. U.S. Geological Survey. October 22, 1999. http://geonames.usgs.gov/pls/gnispublic/f?p=gnispq:3:::NO::P3_FID:1851878. Retrieved September 25, 2009.  
  2. ^ "Manhattan Beach State Recreation Site". Oregon Department of Parks and Recreation Department. http://www.oregonstateparks.org/park_193.php. Retrieved September 25, 2009.  
  3. ^ Bannan, Jan (2002). Oregon State Parks: A Complete Recreation Guide (2nd ed.). Seattle: The Mountaineers Books. p. 102. ISBN 0-89886-794-0.  
  4. ^ McArthur, Lewis A.; Lewis L. McArthur (2003) [1928]. Oregon Geographic Names (Seventh Edition ed.). Portland, Oregon: Oregon Historical Society Press. p. 607. ISBN 0-87595-277-1.  
  5. ^ "Watering hole" or "watering place" is sometimes used colloquially to mean a bar or other place serving alcoholic beverages.
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