Just three months after Gable (now mayor of Port Orford) dedicated the harbor in a splendid ceremony before dignitaries from all over the state, the massive new Trans-Pacific and Port Orford Dock and Terminal Line breakwater collapsed in a huge storm. A temporary pier was soon built, but it didn’t afford the kind of protection the harbor would need, and Gable’s backers weren’t willing to invest in a railroad line to service a harbor that might not be capable of functioning as more than a temporary port of refuge.OFFBEAT OREGON
See Gilbert Gable’s proposal for the dock and jetty (c1935).
An article by TIME Magazine entitled “Gable’s Gold Coast” from April 4, 1938.
For more photos about Gilbert Gable, check the Port Orford Historical Photos Archive.
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