Author: Rick Cook

George and Maude Forty House

In 1921, the Oregon State Highway Department began construction of Oregon Route 9 on the Oregon Coast. The new highway was to be known as the Roosevelt Highway,…

Jedediah Smith’s Port Orford Rendezvous

In my early days of residency here, I was blessed to have met and known some of Port Orford’s old timers. I heard many stories of Port Orford’s…

Port Orford Jakie and His Friend Whiskers

Years ago, Port Orford old timers told of an Indian who paddled his canoe on Garrison Lake in the latter 1800’s. He was known as Port Orford Jakie….

Port Orford Historic Resource Database

City of Port Orford Buildings Inventory Revised and updated, 10/18/2023 All historic resource properties listed here are potentially eligible for listing in theNational Register of Historic Places. Listing…

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…


Beachcomber Cove

Nicholson Drive, north of Port Orford. Construction started in 1958, finished in 1959. The Beachcombers Cove has been used primarily as a dance hall for adults and children….

Bluegrass In The Backwoods

Music by Alayne Olmsted and Rick Cook

Music by Alyane Olmsted and Rick Cook, recorded in artist Rick Cook’s studio. The photo above is of an old cabin belonging to cousins of Rick on Cadron…