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Port Orford Sustainable Fishing: A Way Of Life

A mini series all about local, sustainable fishing in Port Orford, Oregon by local filmmaker Eric Feliciano @ the Media Nook. Meet Aaron Longton, our guide into the…

The old Port Orford Grade School

(As told to Alan Mitchell by Leon White ) It was a large wooden two story building located about a 15 minute walk north of where I lived. …

Port Orford and its Fires 1930s-60s

(As told to Alan Mitchell by Leon White) Leon remembers that even at very young age, he understood (and respected) the kind of damage a fire could do…

The Colonial Theatre

(As told to Alan Mitchell by Leon White – September 2021) I recall one of the movie serials had a scene with a Forest Ranger speeding in the…

Port Orford’s Bicentennial Mayor – 1972-1976

(As told to Alan Mitchell by Leon White)PHOTO ABOVE: Long-time friends Alan Mitchell (second from left) and Leon White (right) at Port Orford City Hall. I had never…

Port Orford’s Western States Plywood Cooperative Era 1951-1975

(As told to Alan Mitchell by Leon White) In 1949 there was a very large empty field bordering cold and clear Elk River. In 2021, the river still…

The Club Building (Point.B Studio)

(As told to Alan Mitchell by Leon White – March 2021) The Club Building was a popular fancy saloon in its heyday in the 1930s and 40s. Initially,…

Fine Art Photographer John Heida

Artist John Heida is no stranger to the Port Orford area, actively hiking the region and capturing its natural beauty for decades. He is well-known in the area…

Trouble In Transit

Although not a frequent occurrence, vehicle mishaps in a coastal town can happen. Port Orford has certainly seen their fair share. Situated on Highway 101 near some of…

The Wooden Nickel

I learned a lot from [Tracy Hassett]. He was critical to my education as a woodworker. We remained friends till he moved from Oregon to Utah. … I…

Two Views of Maritime Life

A GREAT WAY TO START 2022: We’re excited to receive contributions from two long-time residents of Port Orford. The first is Rockne Berge whose incredible images of the…

Port Orford’s WWII Era – 1941-1945

(A Series of Recollections by former Mayor Leon White as told to Alan Mitchell) “There were blackouts. At night we had to hang blankets over windows to make…

Pehr Johan Lindberg

Pehr Johan Lindberg was a Swedish immigrant who relocated to Port Orford in the mid-1880s, bringing with him a wealth of building experience from thirty years of practicing…

Mitchells Aerials 2009

OSU Port Orford Field Station Cam

We have added two videos from the outstanding OSU Port Orford Field Station Cam due to its historical significance. Tom Calvanese of the OSU Field Station creates these…

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….

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…

"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…

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…