More Place names: Clover Ridge

A lot of Coosan and Siuslawan place names are descriptive in some way.  Clover Ridge (just north of Cape Mountain, between Florence and Sea Lion Caves) was known in the Siuslaw langauge as tsahautiita, derived from the word tsahauya, meaning grass, brush.  So Clover Ridge is ‘grassy place’.  It was a camp site on hunting trips.  Frank Drew commented that tsahautiita was covered in native clovers and introduced clovers that he thought was brought over by Indian agent’s cattle.

Nearby is Horse Creek, and the steep drop off on the south side of the mouth of Horse Creek was nicknamed in Siuslaw kuutan xatq’auwi’iich, in Hanis kuutan kwilitiich – both meaning Horse-fall-down place.

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