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Scene Port Orford Oregon

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…

Port Orford Ore - Port - Hazeltine

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…

Humbug Mountain, 1940.

Humbug Mountain

Humbug Mountain is a very familiar landmark that is often pictured in the background of photos featuring the stretch of coastline that is home to the Port of…

The Curry County Gold Rush

The Curry County Gold Rush

An excellent contribution from two students from our local high school. It is a presentation that provides a brief historical overview of the early days of mining in…

City of Port Orford Illustration for Harper's Magazine, 1856

Wild Life In Oregon

New to the archive is a high resolution scan of an illustration that originally appeared in Harper’s New Monthly Magazine in 1856 for a story entitled “Wild Life…

Maritime Shipwreck SS Cottoneva - Sawyers Collection

Sawyer’s Studio

Many of the most scenic postcards of the area were produced by Sawyer’s Studio in Portland: Carlton Sawyer established a studio in Portland in 1911 where he produced…