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Cape Blanco is the most southern of Oregon's lighthouses, and is the westernmost point in the mainland United States. Tours are available April through October each year. Tour Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Closed Tuesdays. Last tickets for lens room tour are sold at 3:15 p.m.
Tour Admission: $2.00 per adult 16 or older. Free for 15 and under. Lighthouse grounds are open only during tour hours.
Climb the winding stairway to the top of Cape Blanco Lighthouse and stand beside its spectacular Fresnel (pronounced: frey-NEL) lens. Up close you can appreciate the genius of its inventor and imagine generations of dedicated light keepers toiling to keep the lamp burning brightly. Beyond the windows your gaze is drawn to the magnificent ever-changing Pacific coastline..
Erected in 1870, this lighthouse stands on Oregon’s farthest west point of land and is the oldest one continually operating in Oregon. It holds the record for longest service at one lighthouse too: James Langlois worked here for 42 years. James Hughes, born on a nearby ranch, served at this light station for 37 years. Discover several other records this special lighthouse holds when you visit.
You can also hike, ride horseback, walk the beach, or camp in a tent, RV, or cabin at Cape Blanco State Park.
To get there: From Highway 101, 4.5 miles north of Port Orford or 26 miles south of Bandon and just south of Sixes, Oregon, turn west on Cape Blanco Road. Follow the road past historic Hughes House to the very end.
The Chetco Valley Historical Society Museum is housed in the historic Blake House, built in 1857, and is listed as the oldest dwelling in the Chetco Valley. The Blake House was once a stagecoach stop and trading post built on a hill overlooking the Chetco Valley and Pacific Ocean. The property on which it stands was originally a land grant to early pioneer Robert Johnson.
This is the place to learn the fascinating history of Oregon's south coast, as history comes alive through historic places, museums and amazing structures such as the Cape Blanco light house. Sift through our pages and discover the cities and communities that grew from the dreams of our pioneers.
This 1898 farmhouse built for pioneers, was constructed in 1898 and later listed on the National Register of Historical Places. Free tours are provided April through October. Nearby is the old Pioneer Cemetery. Visit the restored 1898 Victorian farmhouse built for pioneers Patrick and Jane Hughes. Free tours are provided April through October each year. Tours are from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Closed Tuesdays.
After operating a successful dairy ranch for more than thirty years, the couple was able to pay pioneer builder Pehr Johan Lindberg to design and build the comfortable, two-story home.
You can learn about ranch life more than 100 years ago and about the couple’s seven children, one of whom was a longtime keeper at Cape Blanco Light Station. You can also visit the nearby Pioneer cemetery or enjoy miles of hiking trails at Cape Blanco State Park.
To get there: From Highway 101, 4.5 miles north of Port Orford and 26 miles south of Bandon, travel west on Cape Blanco Road. After you cross the marshy bottomland, the road begins to climb and soon you will see a sign on your right, then the entrance to the house.
In 1942, a Japanese submarine surfaced near Cape Blanco and launched a seaplane that dropped a bomb on Mount Emily and succeeded in starting multiple forest fires. This became the first bombing of the continental United States by an enemy aircraft. The site is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Hike the trail and embrace the history.
While taking a tour with Jerry’s Rogue Jets, or simply visiting the area, don’t forget to check out the museum, revisiting days gone by around the historic Rogue River. One of the most interesting parts of the museum is the history of the Mail Boats and how mail was delivered before there were roads up until very recently (mail was delivered to communities via the river). The museum is open daily from 9am – 6pm (Sundays 10am – 5pm) with later hours in the summer from July 1 – Aug 31, the museum is open till 9:00PM Daily.
Visit the museum in the former barracks/office building. Four other historic buildings also remain at this 101.29-acre site. This is the only Forge River-type station left on the West Coast.The museum is free and open April through October each year. Museum Hours are 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. but the museum is closed on Tuesdays.
From 1934 into the 1960s U.S. Coast Guard surfmen lived here, ever alert for ships in distress. When a call came they risked their lives to save others. See the 36-foot self-righting motor lifeboat number 36498 on the grounds. Visit the museum in the former barracks/office building. Four other historic buildings also remain at this 101.29-acre site. This is the only Forge River-type station left on the West Coast.
The restored lifeboat can be seen any time you visit Port Orford Heads State Park. You can also have a picnic on the grounds or hike several short trails around this headland for fantastic views. Sometimes you can see whales or seals.
To get there: From Highway 101 in Port Orford (at mile marker 301) turn onto 9th Street and proceed west up Coast Guard Hill (follow the yellow line) until you reach the park. As you approach, information may be available on radio station 88.30 MHz.
23 life size dinosaurs are located in this rain forest park! Nature, science and adventure, this is a must see attraction on the Oregon Coast.
Hours of admisssion are 10 AM - 5 PM in the spring and fall. In the summer the Gardens are open from 9 AM - 6 PM. Please call 1-541-332-4463 for winter hours. Admission if $12.00 for adults and $8.00 for children 3 - 12 years old. Senior admission (60+ years) is $10.00. Littlefoots (2 and under) are FREE. The graveled path of the forest is wheelchair and stroller accessible. Dogs are allowed on leashes.
The life-like Dinosaurs at Prehistoric Gardens are scientifically correct restorations, authentic in detail and restored in as life-like manner as possible. The Dinosaurs’ size and shape is based on measurements of the mounted fossil skeletons displayed in the larger natural history museums of the United States. Exactly 23 Dinosaurs in total. Ranging from the flying Pteranadon with a wingspan of 27 feet to the massive Brachiosaurus that towers 46 feet off the ground, the Prehistoric Gardens is chalk full of those awesome animals that disappeared from the face of this earth over 70 million years ago! Alongside each Dinosaur exhibit is a plaque that contains fun facts about the dinosaur. Dinosaur Tracks lead the way as you walk among these massive creatures. Self-guided tours allow you to see the dinosaurs at your own pace and even take a second trip around if you wish.
The Rogue River Ranch is a pioneer farm complex in Curry County in southwest Oregon, United States. The ranch is located on the north shore of the Rogue River just outside the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest. The original ranch buildings were constructed by George Billings. Later, the ranch was sold to Stanley Anderson, who increased the size of the property and built additional farm buildings. The Bureau of Land Management bought the ranch in 1970. Today, the main ranch house is a museum. The Bureau of Land Management also maintains a campground on the property. The Rogue River Ranch is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Archeological evidence shows that Native Americans occupied the area around the Rogue River Ranch for over 9,000 years. Ancient Takelma speaking people were the first to make their home in Rogue River valley. Later, Athabascan speaking people migrated into the area. While their languages were different, both groups shared a common way of life based on fishing, hunting, and gathering. For thousands of years, the site that is now the Rogue River Ranch was a seasonal camp. However, it appears likely a permanent village was eventually established at the site. The Native American way of life along the Rogue River came to an end in 1856 when the native people were removed to reservations in northern Oregon.
In 1887, Tom Billings filed an official homestead claim on the north shore of the Rogue River at the mouth of Mule Creek. The following year, Tom transferred the claim to his older brother, George. In 1894, Tom and his wife, Anna, had their first child, a daughter named Marial. The settlement at Mule Creek was named Marial, after their daughter.
In 1903, George Billings constructed a large 2-story house and established the Billings Trading Company at Marial. Billings also ran a boarding house for travelers and local miners. Over time, the trading post became the center of commercial and social life for residents of Marial, who eventually number around 100 people. In 1907, Billings sold his property on the west side of Mule Creek, an area called Douglas Bar, to the Red River Mining and Milling Company. The next year, Billings built a barn on his remaining property. The building eventually became known as the tabernacle. Billings hosted dances and church services in the tabernacle. The Red River Mining Company closed in 1912, and Billings re-acquired the property on the west side of the creek. In 1931, Billings sold his 70-acre (280,000 m2) ranch to Stanley Anderson for $5,000.
The Anderson later purchased 130 acres (0.53 km2) across the river from the ranch. In the years following the purchase of the ranch, the Anderson family expanded the main house and built a caretaker’s house, bunkhouse, blacksmith shop, tackhouse, woodshed, storage shed, and chicken coop. The Andersons also tore down most of the old mining buildings at Douglas Bar. The Marial post office, which had been open since in 1903, was closed in 1954. In 1956, Anderson painted the main house a distinctive red, a color it still retains. In 1970, the Anderson family sold their 200-acre (0.81 km2) ranch to the United States Government under the National Wild and Scenic Rivers program, and the Bureau of Land Management was given responsibility for managing the property.
The Bureau of Land Management established the Rogue River Ranch National Historic Site and converted the main house into a museum. The museum has displays on Native American history, the local mining era, the Billings homestead period, and the development of the Anderson family farm. The Rogue River Ranch museum is open to visits from May to October.
The Rogue River Ranch offers visitors the opportunity to experience the rich heritage of the Rogue River canyon area. Because the ranch played an important role in the commercial and social development of the local area, the Rogue River Ranch was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on 29 December 1975. This historic ranch covers 700 acres (2.8 km2). There are four historic buildings on the property plus six non-contributing structures.
There are four ranch buildings open to the public. They are the tackhouse, the blacksmith shop, the tabernacle, and the main house museum. There is also a caretaker’s house, a large barn, and several minor farm buildings that are not open to the public.
The main house was built in 1903. It sits on a gentle slope facing Mule Creek. The house is a two-story, wood–frame structure. The lumber for the house was all cut by hand from Ponderosa pine logs cut on the site. The siding was smoothed with hand planes down to one quarter inch in thickness. The window glass was shipped overland from Portland, but the window frames were handmade at the ranch. The main house does not have a fireplace. It is heated by a wood-burning stove in the living room.
The other ranch buildings are also wood-frame structures with wood-lap siding. The Bureau of Land Management renovated the Tackhouse in 2008. The project replaced badly rotted framing members that had made the entire structure unsound.
Rogue River Ranch National Historic Site is located in the Rogue River canyon in southern Oregon. The ranch is at the mouth of Mule Creek on the north shore of the Rogue River at an elevation of approximately 420 feet (130 m) above sea level. It is an isolated property, surrounded by the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest. The ranch is a major stop over point along the wild section of the Rogue River, which has been officially designated a National Wild and Scenic River.
The Rogue River Ranch is 45 miles (72 km) northwest of Galice, Oregon; 42 miles (68 km) south west of Glendale, Oregon; 24 miles (39 km) southeast of Powers, Oregon; and 23 miles (37 km) northeast of the small unincorporated community of Agness, Oregon. It take at least two hours to reach the ranch from any of these starting points. There are no gas stations along the route, so visitor driving to the ranch should depart with a full tank of gas. The nearest city is Grants Pass, Oregon, which is 75 miles (121 km) from the ranch by way of Galice or Glendale.
The ranch can also be reached by boating down the Rogue River or by hiking the Rogue River canyon trail. The ranch is 22 river miles from Grave Creek Bridge (which is 8 miles (13 km) north of Galice), or 23-mile (37 km) along the canyon trail. Most people make the float trip in two days. The canyon hike from Grave Creek usually takes three days.
Because the Rogue River Ranch is a popular stopping point for boater floating down the Rogue River and hikers trekking the Rogue River canyon trail, the Bureau of Land Management maintains a campground at the mouth of Mule Creek. The campground has a several primitive camp sites with public toilet available nearby. Due to new regulations for public water supplies, drinking water is no longer available at an outside spigot near the caretaker’s house. The Bureau of Land Management does not charge a fee for camping at the ranch; however, campers must coordinate their stay with the ranch caretaker.
The Oregon Coast is already known for its raw and rugged natural landscapes. There is also a strong artistic edge to the coast which quietly shows up as art galleries and shops, murals, statues and sculptures. For generations the coast has been an ideal place for many artists, creatives and “makers” to retreat, reflect and create. It is also home to a wide range of public art, which is defined as any form of art that’s free and accessible 24/7 to everyone. Now with the help of a Public Art Trail map and inventory, everyone has the opportunity to access and appreciate the coast’s arts and culture.
ART TRAIL MAP
The Hawthorne Gallery represents the artwork of the multi-talented Hawthorne family as well as the work of selected outstanding artists across the country. Overlooking the grand Pacific Ocean, you're sure to appreciate the view no matter the direction you look.