Nature, commerce, native traditions and pioneer spirit merge together to create an oasis of adventure on the Oregon Coast. First settled thousands of years ago, native tribes found abundant food and a temperate climate. These tribes continued to inhabit the region when exploration and trapping in the area began in the early 1800’s. And in 1853, a permanent settlement were established by members of the Coos Bay Company.
Wagon roads first connected Coos Bay to Jacksonville and Roseburg, in the 1850’s. The Port of Coos Bay, may be the best natural harbor between San Francisco Bay and the Puget Sound. It is the world’s largest forest products shipping port. Gold drew people in the 1800’s. Many coal mines operated between 1890-1910; the last mine closed in 1950.
One exciting blend of past and future is The Hollering Place, located at the Historical Empire Waterfront in on the Bay, in Coos County. This project is currently being developed to provide a telling of the important history of the location, enhanced public access to the water, and a retail commerce center. Along with that, the Coos Bay Boat Building Center has been established and is now open and offering classes.
Today, forest products, tourism, fishing and agriculture dominate the economy. Boating, dairy farming, myrtlewood production, shipbuilding and specialty farm products like cranberries, play a key role.