Amanda had been living with a white farmer, and together they had an 8-year-old daughter. Despite this connection and her being “old and blind,” Amanda was forced to walk from the Coos Bay area, north to the Yachats area. During the grueling journey that was nearly a week-long, many women and children dropped from exhaustion and lack of food. Navigating the basalt chasms at Cape Perpetua with the help of a boy, Amanda’s feet were torn on the ragged rocks, “leaving blood sufficient to track her by.”
Who Was Amanda?Named after a blind woman who was a part of the forced march of coastal American Indians, the Amanda Trail connects Yachats and Cape Perpetua. In 1855, President Franklin Pierce established the Coast Indian Reservation, which stretched one hundred miles from Cape Lookout to the Siltcoos River and twenty miles inland. However, with the influx of white settlers farming the north coast and searching for gold in the south in 1864, those in power became fixated on rounding up all American Indians.