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Old Dock Road

Enjoy this historical photo mapped by Alan Mitchell using notes from historian Pat Masterson:

The Knapp Hotel

In 1859, Louis Knapp and his widowed mother, Rachel, came to Port Orford, Oregon, from Baltimore, Maryland. Their well-known Knapp Hotel was originally constructed as a boarding house…

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Port Orford Jail

“Over the years our little jailhouse has become a popular landmark. Built in 1939 during the timber boom days in Port Orford and condemned in 1965, it has…

Moving the WOW Hall: Skate Rink ca. 1950

The WOW Hall

Seaside Plaza was first known as the Woodsmen of the World (WOW) Hall. The building was originally located at 7th and Jefferson, moved to its present location on…

The Port Orford Movie Theatre

In late December 1935, ground was prepared for construction of Port Orford’s movie theater. Leroy Baker, a Salem projectionist, opened his new theater called The Colonial, April 28,…

Port Orford Post Office when it was originally located on HWY 101 c 1950.

Port Orford Post Office

The Port Orford post office was established in 1855 and is recognized as one of the earliest Oregon post offices as recorded by the Oregon Historical Quarterly. This…

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Port Orford Library

The construction of the new Port Orford Library in 2007 and its subsequent (re)opening (from it’s previous location in much smaller quarters when it shared the Port Orford…

Port Orford Antennas 1982

KSOR Welcomes Port Orford

Port Orford has roots in the historic KSOR Translators effort which ultimately became Jefferson Public Radio. Thanks to the persistence of the town’s citizens, the first antennas were…

Battle Rock Wayside sign - George Soranson plaque on back

Port Orford Postcards / Part II

The latest additions to our postcard collection — more can be found in Port Orford Postcards and Battle Rock Postcards. We’ll be adding the reverse side of many…

The Forty House in 2020.

The Forty House

The exact date the Forty House was built is not known. Local records narrow it down to having built sometime about 1917 to 1919. At one time the…

1905 Port Orford Tribune (Front)

1905 Port Orford Tribune

Another rare scan of an early edition of Port Orford’s earliest recorded newspaper. You can learn more about the history of The Port Orford Tribune on our Newspapers…

SS Frogner

S.S. Frogner

The SS Frogner was built in 1921 by Armstrong Whitworth and Co. of the United Kingdom for Fearnley and Eger, Frogner, Oslo, Norway. The largest ship to dock…

Beachcombers

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…

Downtown Fun Zone. Elvis Portrait by Darren Evans.

Port Orford Today Archives

The Port Orford Today was a weekly newspaper written, edited and produced by Evan and Valerie Kramer who owned and operated a long-time business in Port Orford known…

Cannery Building (Photo by Lance Nix)

The Old Cannery Building

The old condemned cannery building was torn down in May 2019 prior to a plan to re-construct the jetty. The goal after demolition of the 80-year old dilapidated…

Tim Palmer Photo

Tim Palmer’s Nature Photography selected for US Postage Stamps

Artist, Writer, Conservationist and Port Orford resident Tim Palmer had four of his exceptional nature photos selected for US Postal Service Forever Stamps. You can view Tim’s remarks…

Salmon Bake

Annual Tseriadun Native Salmon Bake And Honor Ceremony

Tseriadun Native Salmon Bake and Honor Ceremony is an annual, living history event that honors the indigenous people of our area. The US Army fort at Port Orford…