When I was living on the sofa circuit in the early seventies I hitch-hiked
to and from Sixes River on the Southern Oregon
Coast often, always packing a camera and
plenty of black & white film. About nine miles upriver, in
the most remote part of the Oregon coast, there was a communal
farm on an 80 acre patch surrounded by forested public lands.
Fueled by firewood, kerosene, and food stamps, the 80
Acres at Elephant Rock was a place where friends were invited
to live and work on the land, to share, to make cabins and exist
in peace for a time.
Some History of the the Sixes River: (source: Historic Curry County in Pictures and Stories facebook page)
Accounts vary as to the origin of the name "Sixes". One local postmaster said Sixes was named for a Native American chief. Another source said that in 1851, the river was usually called the "Sikhs River" after the Chinook Jargon word for "friend", and on maps it was called the "Sequalchin River". Another source says the Native American name for the river was "Sa-qua-mi". Hodge's Handbook of American Indians says that one of the variants of the name of the local tribe, the Kwatami (a subdivision of the Tututni), was "Sik-ses-tene", which is said to mean "people by the far north country". Though this is most likely the real source of the name, the spelling "Sixes" was probably used by miners drawn to the Oregon gold rush who were familiar with the Chinook word "sikhs". The current spelling was used as early as 1855. The Sixes River was a fishing ground for the Sixes Indians before the gold miners arrived in the early 1850's. The River provided a plentiful supply of salmon to the Indians which brought them down to the bottom lands during the fall and spring runs. After the miners began immigrating to the valley, the Indians moved back up the river to the mountains.