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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…

Charles Long House

The Charles Long House Built by P.J. Lindberg in 1891 for Charles’ mother Mary Alice Nielsen. Mary had previously been married to Christopher Long. The Long family came…

Leon White House

Eugene/Leon White House, 3315-05DA, Block 31, Taxlot 6800, 504 Harbor Dr./Washington St. Built 1903/4 by P.J. Lindberg and Eugene Llewellyn White. Source: Leon White. Listed on the Oregon’s…

Masterson Home (Nix Collection)

The Masterson House

The McMullen House

Two story Victorian built by P.J. Lindberg for Frank and Catherine McMullen. Their daughter, Laura, married James Hughes who was a lighthousekeeper at the Cape Blanco Lighthouse for…

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

(Featuring the photography of Dave Foley) Port Orford is known for its whale watching opportunities and is part of the Oregon State Parks Whale Trail sightseeing program. The…

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…

Historic Port Orford Tokens

Below are collectible tokens from Port Orford businesses from the 1920s. The gold colored coins were created by The Smith Brothers for their confectionary called The Kozy which…

Port Orford Old Town

A Brief History of Extant Buildings in Old Town, The Original Port Orford Business District. “In 1852, Oregon land claims officials, checking on Port Orford, reported that the…

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…