The snags from the 1868 fire are visible in this photo taken in 1902.

The Great Fire of 1868

In his 19th-century “Pioneer History of Coos and Curry Counties, Or”, Orvil Dodge noted: “in 1868 the face of the country was changed by a great forest fire…

Beach - Port Orford In Distance - Cross Dimmitt

Cross & Dimmit

Arthur B. Cross partnered with Edward L. Dimmitt to sell real photo post cards of the Columbia River Gorge, Mt. Hood and Portland. Cross opened his Electric Studio…

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Port Orford Parade

Every 4th of July, the Port Orford Jubilee hosts a parade that passes through the heart of our friendly small town: Fourth of July in Port Orford is…

Battle Rock Sign — photo by Linda L. Nading

Battle Rock Wayside Sign

Righting history doesn’t happen overnight. The sign commemorating Battle Rock City Park was eventually changed through the tireless efforts of citizens determined to preserve the memory of the…

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Early Settlers

When the first European settlers came to the area in 1851 led by Captain William Tichenor, the Tututni Native Americans lived in a large village along the beach…

Coast Line North Toward Port Orford Sawyer

Oregon Coast Highway

The Roosevelt Coast Military Highway, named in honor of President Theodore Roosevelt, was a result of a renewed national sense of isolationism and the perceived need for emergency…

The Phyllis - wrecked off Rocky Point - Ore Coast Highway

The Phyllis

On March 9, 1936, the Phyllis grounded after striking a submerged rock off the beach near Humbug Mountain during stormy and foggy conditions. Henry Axtel purchased the hull…

Cottoneva wreck - Port Orford Ore - Sands

Sands Collection

New to the collection are a set of postcards of the area which are some of the more artfully composed in our collection. The date and the aesthetic…

Cape Blanco Light House Most Western Point On Coast - Sawyer

Cape Blanco Lighthouse

Cape Blanco is the most southern of Oregon’s lighthouses, and is the westernmost point in Oregon. Proposed in 1864, it was the first lighthouse in the state outfitted…

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The Hazeltine Brothers

In October of that year in company with his brother Martin M., he started for the Pacific coast this time by way of New York and from there…