“Holler” and Celebrate Coos Bay History at Clamboree June 29th!

Posted by TravelCoosBay on June 20, 2013

On the last Saturday in June, our community gathers to celebrate the history and the culture of Coos Bay’s Empire District in an annual celebration we call Clamboree! 

Now in it’s 5th year, you probably have have heard all about the food, the music, the fun activities, and of course the popular Hollerin’ contest; but do you know the historical significance of the Empire District, the oldest community in Coos Bay?  Did you know The Hollering Place in the Empire district is at the very center of our early history?

Empire District, formerly Empire City, was a thriving town back in the late 1800s and the Coos County seat. People traveling north or south along North Spit would holler for someone to row over a dugout and provide passage, hence the name “The Hollering Place”.

In 1965, the city of Empire voted to consolidate with Coos Bay.  Today there’s very little left of old Empire except for several old dwellings including three beautifully restored Victorian houses near the Hollering Place.

We hope you will join our celebration on June 29th at the Hollering Place (located at the intersection of Newmark Avenue and Empire Boulevard).


2013 Clamboree! events will include live music, a parade, food with clam themes, historic tours and cultural activities and a special dedication of four new historical signs at  2:30 p.m. Demonstrations include Native American crafts, live Coast Guard operations, and much more!

  • The Hollerin’ contest where anyone can compete for prizes by having the loudest “holler” \
  • The food from the Oregon Coast Culinary Institute. OCCI is bringing back their scrumptious Clam Poor Boy sandwich for 2013 Clamboree!
  • Live music throughout the day

Directions to Empire Docks:

From Hwy 101 – go 2.9 miles west on Newmark Avenue then turn left onto
Arago Hwy. Take your first right onto Michigan Ave and continue to docks.

Learn more about the history of Empire and Hollering Place in Coos Bay, Oregon.