Tenmile Creek (Lane County)

Near the Lane-Lincoln county border on the coast, Tenmile Creek enters the sea. This creek is rather unassuming, not so different perhaps from other nearby creeks such as Rock Creek and Bob Creek. But this creek was the boundary creek between the Siuslaw and Alsea people.

The Siuslaw people called it tsi’imahl or tsi’ima, from the word tsi’im, meaning clay or white clay. It’s Hanis name was ch’amáhlgihich, from the Hanis word ch’amahlkii which has the same meaning as its Siuslaw equivalent – clay.

The beach south of the creek was rich in resources – rockoysters and butter clams, and the Siuslaw fished for flounder and perch offshore. In February and March, they fished for steelhead.

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