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Early Settlers

When the first European settlers came to the area in 1851 led by Captain William Tichenor, the Tututni Native Americans lived in a large village along the beach…

Oregon Coast Highway

The Roosevelt Coast Military Highway, named in honor of President Theodore Roosevelt, was a result of a renewed national sense of isolationism and the perceived need for emergency…

The Phyllis

On March 9, 1936, the Phyllis grounded after striking a submerged rock off the beach near Humbug Mountain during stormy and foggy conditions. Henry Axtel purchased the hull…

Sands Collection

New to the collection are a set of postcards of the area which are some of the more artfully composed in our collection. The date and the aesthetic…

Cape Blanco Lighthouse

Cape Blanco is the most southern of Oregon’s lighthouses, and is the westernmost point in Oregon. Proposed in 1864, it was the first lighthouse in the state outfitted…

The Hazeltine Brothers

In October of that year in company with his brother Martin M., he started for the Pacific coast this time by way of New York and from there…

Humbug Mountain

Humbug Mountain is a very familiar landmark that is often pictured in the background of photos featuring the stretch of coastline that is home to the Port of…

The Curry County Gold Rush

The Curry County Gold Rush

An excellent contribution from two students from our local high school. It is a presentation that provides a brief historical overview of the early days of mining in…

Wild Life In Oregon

New to the archive is a high resolution scan of an illustration that originally appeared in Harper’s New Monthly Magazine in 1856 for a story entitled “Wild Life…

Sawyer’s Studio

Many of the most scenic postcards of the area were produced by Sawyer’s Studio in Portland: Carlton Sawyer established a studio in Portland in 1911 where he produced…

The Agate Festival

Early scenes from the Port Orford Agate Festival (A.K.A. Carnival) as the annual celebration was known before it was renamed the Port Orford Jubilee a half century ago….

On The Dock

We have encountered some entertaining contributions for the Port Orford Historical Photo Archive — the latest shows the California Shell Fish Company Receiving Building in 1989 when it…

The Croxall Collection, Part II

Additional photographs from the Croxall Collection were scanned from color-enhanced photographs on display at the Port Orford Visitors Center. These have been skillfully scanned by volunteer artists interested…

The Croxall Collection

New to the Port Orford Historical Photos Archive is the Croxall Collection. These works were scanned from glass negatives which will eventually be donated to the Oregon Historical…

Surveying A Great Opportunity

Cover of a multiple-fold two-color brochure from 1917 from the Port Orford Harbor and Development Corporation. The material was intended to promote stock offerings in the organization. Featured…

Battle Rock Postcards

Perhaps no other landmark in Port Orford has appeared on a postcard as many times as Battle Rock! We’re always on the lookout for ones we have never…