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Port Orford Lifeboat Station
Port Orford Lifeboat Station

541-332-0521
9th Street up Coast Guard Hill
Port Orford, OR 97465
http://www.capeblancoheritagesociety.com/port-orford-lifeboat-station/

From 1934 into the 1960s U.S. Coast Guard surf men 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.


Prehistoric Gardens
Prehistoric Gardens

541-332-4463
36848 US Hwy 101
Port Orford, OR 97465
http://www.prehistoricgardens.com/

Self Guided tours allow visitors to wind along a graveled path, crossing across 6 beautifully constructed wooden bridges, as they discover the prehistoric animals and natural rainforest.


Visit Battle Rock
Visit Battle Rock


http://www.enjoyportorford.com/battlerockpark.html

The Battle
Visit the site on this spectacular portion of Oregon's beach, where the historic battle between the first landing party of white settlers (Captain Tichenor's crew of nine men) and a local Qua-to-mah band of Athapascan speaking natives. The event of June 9, 1851 was the beginning of the settling of Port Orford. Tichenor dreamed of Port Orford being a supply town, with a road to the mines in the Rogue River Valley and the Upper Klamath River in California. His dream of a supply town never materialized, however he did operate the first sawmill on the south coast, and built the ship Alaska in 1857.

Anchor from the Cottoneva wreck of 1937
The S.S. Cottoneva was caught in a surprise storm, with winds to 75 miles per hour. She had been docked, partially loaded when the storm hit. The skipper did his best to get her out to sea, but she struck a submerged object, doing severe damage. The skipper had no choice but to beach the vessel. The men from the lifesaving station, using a breeches buoy, rescued the crew. 

The Cottoneva had been loaded with lumber from the Trans-Pacific Lumber Mill. Lumber from the mill had been pilling up on the vacant lots and streets in Port Orford due to a shipping strike.


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