A Neck of land that extended out into the bay was bounded by two streams that flowed down from the hills up north. These two streams ran straight with no meanders. The neck became known for the chief of a small clan of people who called themselves the Sampawams which means walks- straight- as- an- arrow. Living on the neck, the two creeks guided the people to hunting grounds. All they had to do was follow the water and they would never become lost because the stream led them back to their shelter.
How this came to pass began many centuries ago before the neck was bounded by streams. There were no streams to guide them. On scouting and hunting trips, they often became lost. Even when they marked trees with a swing of an ax, they had trouble finding their way. They gathered in a circle and asked what could be done to solve this problem. When the sun clouded over, they had trouble because there no shadows to guide them. Often, Sampawams, the chief would start out with a small party following a trail that soon petered out. After having traveled six miles north to where Deer Park is now located, they stopped. Bewildered, they pondered which way to go. Just then, they saw two deer scratching the soil in the bushes. The party crept closer and the deer didn’t notice because of the skill of tracking left no noise, not a single fallen branch snapped to alert the deer. The chief slowly reached for an arrow and loaded his bow. This kill would feed his family for many days. The others in the party stayed back to not startle the deer. The chief pulled back the string of his bow and sighted along the arrow. Where the deer had been scratching the ground with their front legs, water began to seep out and form a pool. The deer drank. So much water poured out that it began to flow. It kept coming and coming. The deer had found a spring. The chief saw that the water flowed in the direction they had come from. He released his arrow and brought down one of the deer. They picked up the deer and started following the water.
It led them back to the familiar territory of the neck where they lived for the summer and fall months. The stream provided them with fresh, clean water, and a way for them to find the path to a place to live in the winter up in the hills.
The tribe never lost their way again. They followed the creek, trapped and fished and drank its water. The Chief became known as Sampawams which means flows- straight-as- an- arrow.