This part of the Oregon coastline was decimated by the Great Tsunami of 1700. Native American villages occupied mouths of most streams along the coast in the 18th century such as here at Siletz Bay. The settlement was hit by a 50' wave within 15 minutes of a major earthquake offshore.
I got a glimpse of the historic part of Newport while heading to the hotel. It's on my exploration list for the rest day tomorrow. The hotel is right on the beach with a view to the Yaquina Head Lighthouse in the distance.