"Cape Blanco Lighthouse" by Darren Evans

Cape Blanco Lighthouse

The Cape Blanco Lighthouse is one of three historical sites maintained by the Cape Blanco Heritage Society (CBHS). You can learn more about CBHS at their website. “The…

Port Orford Whale Watching

Port Orford is known for its whale watching opportunities and is part of the Oregon State Parks Whale Trail sightseeing program. The designated area to spot these marvels…

Port Orford Night Sky

Port Orford is home to some of the most beautiful scenery, and that includes its incredible expanse of night sky. Photography is a beautiful medium to capture this…

The Port Orford Quadrangle

We’re big fans of maps at Port Orford Historical Photos, and we were delighted to discover this extraordinary documentation of “The Port Orford Quadrangle” by Joseph Silas Diller…

Early Logging Years

A collection of photos from early years of the logging industry in Port Orford and the surrounding area. The photo below shows the S.S. Frogner at the dock…

Historic Port Orford Tokens

Below are collectible tokens from Port Orford businesses from the 1920s. The gold coins were created by The Smith Brothers for their confectionary called The Kozy which operated…

Port Orford Old Town

A Brief History of Extant Buildings in Old Town, The Original Port Orford Business District. “In 1852, Oregon land claims officials, checking on Port Orford, reported that the…

City of Port Orford Historic Buildings Inventory

This is a work in progress. Additions and updates will be added in the future. Research work by Rick Cook cookgallery@frontier.com Revised and updated, 8/1/2021 6th Street, starting…

Indian Version of Battle Rock

This article appeared, May 26, 1932, in the Myrtle Point Herald, prior to the Rogue River bridge dedication. Elwood (Woody) Towner was Rogue River Tu-Tu-Ni/Mackanotin and a member…

Sunrise, Sunset

Port Orford, Oregon, is known for its spectacular coastline which provides an ideal dramatic setting for the glorious Oregon sunrises and sunsets which are on display year round….

Rare Port Orford Jubilee Pins

Inventor/machinist/pattern maker Bob Sutton created these very cool and collectible 3D buttons for the Jubilee for many years in his Port Orford garage. Among other things he invented…

Port Orford Plunge (Beta)

Greetings from Port Orford Historical Photos! We’re making great headway on our Port Orford Today Archival Project with four more additional years (1993-1996) of material ready for publication…

The Centennial Building

A few years after the Port Orford fire of 1868, a blaze which destroyed nearly the entire town, Louis Knapp Sr. built the Centennial Building. He constructed it…

Heida Community Project

Many years ago during the earliest days of personal computers, Alan Mitchell helped with a Port Orford community project of scanning a large collection of historic photos. Master…

The Nielsen/Fromm Building

In recent years, there has been some confusion between this building and another similar structure known as Leneve Hall. Both buildings had a dance hall on the second…

Send us your Jubilee Photos!

We’re creating a collection of some of our favorite Port Orford Jubilee Photos! We’ll start off with a photo of Jubilee Grand Marshals Alan and Brenda Mitchell in…

Newspapers in Port Orford

Though he did not start the first paper, the first half century of Curry county journalism revolves pretty much around Walter Sutton, real Oregon pioneer, who crossed the…

Old Port Orford School(s)

The first Port Orford grade school when it was situated on Jackson Street across from the Nygren Hotel, built in abt. 1880 and use was discontinued in 1913….