The area of Seal Rock was the site of an Alsea Indian village called “Kitau.” Beaver Creek was referred to as “Nackito” River by Alexander McLeod, leader of the Hudson’s Bay Expedition of 1826 exploring the central coast region [this appears to be derived from the Alsea “Ne-Kitau,” “Ne” meaning a place name or village to the north, within the territory of the Kitau community]. Beaver Creek still has strong ties to Seal Rock, and is in the same postal zone and fire district, for example.
Here’s an odd coincidence. My family name was originally Majaniemi, it roughly means in Finnish, “hut on a headland.” The word for beaver in Finnish is “majava” (means something like “hut maker”). I only discovered these parts of my family history within the last ten years or so and realized that these words describe where I live--on Beaver Creek in a hut (or small house) on a headland overlooking the area. Strange, but true!
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