Things to see and Do!
The Coquille River flows past downtown Coquille, enhancing the beauty of the area while offering year round boating and fishing opportunities to catch fall Chinook Salmon, winter Steelhead Trout, Large Mouth Bass, Striped Bass and White Sturgeon. The river is also home to the Brown Bullhead Catfish, Starry Flounder and Cabazon Sculpin, if you know where to look. A detailed pocket map and recreational river chart of Coquille's navigable waters is sold at the Chamber of Commerce office, 119 N. Birch, showing popular fishing spots, boat ramps and restrooms as well as interesting data not found on other maps, including the effects of wind on water and land.
Picturesgue covered bridges provide a link with the past. Although Coos County now has just one covered bridge, at one time most of the covered railroad bridges in Oregon were located there.
Many of the county's covered spans were replaced by the 1950's. Several succumbed to fires which burned out of control in the Coast Range. Only the Sandy Creek Bridge remains intact near Remote.
Back in 1894, a covered bridge was constructed across the Coquille River ten miles east of Myrtle Point. Because it was a landmark, the tiny community which grew around it was called Bridge. A new span was built in 1928 and was removed in 1969 following the collapse of the roof from the weight of a heavy snowfall. A modern concrete highway span now crosses the river at the site.
Seven miles further east, a covered bridge was built in 1921 at Sandy Creek, near the town of Remote. This bridge carried traffic on Oregon Highway 42 until it was bypassed in 1949. In 1984, a park was dedicated at the bridge as a picnic site and rest area, due to the efforts of the Myrtle Point Lions Club which adopted the bridge as a major project. It now includes a tourist information center and is located a stone's throw north of the concrete bridge on Highway 42 which replaced it.
As you enter town from the west on Highway 42, a beautiful mural street scene will catch your eye. It is painted on the wall of Coquile's former movie theater located on the corner of 1st and N. Birch. It is so realistic that a stranger to Coquille once attempted to drive up the street in his car. This mural was painted in 1995 by former resident Lee Wilder Snider, who now lives in Corvallis. Working out a composite from two historical photos of Coquille taken in the early 1900's, Lee positioned authentic businesses and local citizens in the street scene, including retired undertaker Ernest Amling riding in his buggy pulled by two black bays. Ernie gave frequent buggy rides to visitors and townspeople for fifteen years but has now retired his beautiful Morgan draft horses, Starlite and Little Babe, to the Blue Heaven Therapeutic Riding Academy in Estacada where they will help the disabled and live out their lives in a positive environment. Ernie owns the Carriage Museum located behind the chamber office at 201 & 1/2 N. Birch where the door is usually open to anyone wanting to see his collection of buggies and an ancient hearse. The Harley Davidson motorbike in the mural was placed there at the request of a former owner of the theater building, George McGrath.
The mural was paid for with a grant from Coos-Curry-Douglas Counties Regional Strategies. Farr's True Value Hardware furnished the paint. It took twelve weeks to complete, with fascinated citizens watching in admiration as the sepia tones were transformed into a realistic historic street scene. Lee was assisted by local artist Rachel Ordway Smith and several interested people who helped with the finishing touches. It is holding up well over the years, still beckoning to come take a walk into the past and see firsthand how it really was.
MuseumsCoquille Valley Museum
The museum is owned by the Coquille Valley Historical Society, established in May of 2005. Thanks to the interest and generosity of Bob Taylor, former owner of Taylor's Sport Shop, the museum is located in his old store. The museum's collection includes the Lee Peterson tool collection; the Wilkins Photography Studio photographs; Leland Simpson's antiques; a number of items on loan from the Coquille Sentinel newspaper including a turn-of-the-century printing press and type; a blacksmith forge and tools; a selection of books from the old Riverton schoolhouse; old photographs; a large collection of glass insulators and a variety of other displays.
153 N. Central
Coquille, OR 97423
12-4 Saturdays (March thru December)
12-4 Tues-Saturday (Labor Day thru Memorial Day)
Call 541-396-2773 for appointment to open at other times.
Coos County Logging Museum
On the corner of Seventh & Maple in Myrtle Point, just nine miles east of Coquille on Highway 42, stands a pioneer replica of the famous Salt Lake City Tabernacle, erected in 1910 and now on the National Register of Historic Places. It was abandoned as a place of worship long ago, due to the dreadful acoustics which produce bizarre sounds, making it a magical place for a museum and a sure delight to children. When you visit, ask to be directed to the spot marked on the floor where the strange echos are at their peak.
At the entrance, handsome carved doors of Port Orford white cedar catch the eye. Designed by Myrtle Point artist Tom Johnson, the carving was done by himself and Ken Means in memory of longtime museum organizer and curator Curt Beckham.
Inside the building, well-worn crosscut saws sit alongside a collection of 1940's gas-powered chainsaws. Selected tableaus take you on a visual journey back in time to the days in Oregon when logging was king. A special area of the museum is dedicated to those who died in timber industry accidents, one of the most dangerous professions in the world. Rare photographs show more than a century of the hardy men and woman who worked in logging camps, harvesting timber and processing it at the mills.
Of great interest in the museum is a collection of nine large myrtlewood panels handcarved by the late Portland artist, Alexander Benjamin Warnock, depicting the glory days of logging in bas-relief. A gift of the Roundhouse Trust, these carvings bring to the exhibit a major art collection of national reputation.
The museum is a non-profit educational institution supported by local fundraising events and individual and corporate bequests. Now open year round, summer hours are 10 am to 4 pm Monday through Saturday; 1-4 pm on Sundays from Memorial Day to Labor Day. You can arrange year-round personal tours by calling 541-572-2352 or 541-572-5266.
About the Sawdusters
From the early 1800's until the 1920's, a kind of theater evolved that had never been seen before. It did not fit the classic definitions of either drama or comedy, and some enterprising critic coined the word "melodrama" as a description of this new kind of theatre. A perfect blend of music (melody) and drama.
On any given Saturday night (and most Fridays) in Coquille between Memorial Day and Labor Day, you can experience a trip down memory lane by attending the Sawdust Theatre. The performers refer to themselves as Sawdusters.
Sawdusters, all volunteers, come from many walks of life; teachers, lawyers, homemakers, merchants, and many others comprise the casts and crews. The pleasure of working together and performing for an audience is payment enough for their time and effort. These otherwise sane people practice for months memorizing scripts and rehearsing songs and dance steps for the summer-long performances.
Each play character is double cast so all summer long a variety of combinations perform. Each olio performer must master every part of every olio act. The play and olio casts, the audience and the chemistry between them, makes each show a new experience.
An all-consuming fire on July 19, 1994 destroyed the 28-year home of the Sawdust Theatre. Through find-raisers, civic and corporate donations, as well as uncounted professional and volunteer hours, we built our beautiful new Sawdust Theatre, opening in the 2000 season.
The Sawdust Theatre has been visited by governors, senators, and people from all over the world. Audience participation (Boo, Hiss, Ahh) is what makes the theatre unique and contributes to making it one of the finest and oldest melodrama traditions in the western United States.
Once you have been here you will want to come back again and again!
2013 – 47th season
Performances run Memorial Day through Labor Day, with both Saturday and Sunday shows beginning June 29 and 30. Friday thru Sunday shows begin August 2,3 & 4.
All Shows $12.50
“Mischief, Mayhem & Matrimony” –or- “Have Some Madeira m’dear”
Written by Sawdusters’ Cynthia Robnett, Elaine Bryson & Edna Cotner
Directed by Robert Givens & Sharon Usselman
Olios Directed by Becca Jones, Maureen March & Susan Lindsey
Curtain Time, Price:
8:00 pm, doors open at 7:00pm. All seats reserved, all shows $12.00
Get to the theatre plenty early. As you arrive for the evening's performance, you will be greeted by glamorous Can Can ladies and dapper gents. They link their arms through yours and chat amiably with you as they escort you to the entrance.
Ticket Reservations may be made after March 15th. Call 541-396-4563. Current play brochures are available at the Chamber Office. You can also obtain the latest information from the Sawdust Theatre website.
|Coquille and Coos County have a number of places of entertainment for the whole family.|
Coquille Swim Center:
For those who enjoy golfing, Coos County has many golf courses available.
Coquille Valley Elks
54942 Maple Heights Rd.
Myrtle Point, OR 97458
Bandon Dunes Golf Resort
57744 Round Lake Dr.
Bandon, OR 97411
Bandon Face Rock Golf Course
3235 Beach Loop Dr.
Bandon, OR 97411
Coos Bay (Private)
Coos County Club
93884 Coos-Sumner Ln.
Coos Bay, OR 97420
Watson Ranch Golf
93884 Coos-Sumner LN.
Coos Bay, OR 97420
Coos Bay (Public)
Sunset Bay Golf Course
11001 Cape Arago Hwy.
Coos Bay, OR 97420
North Bend (Public)
Kentuck Gold Course
94469 Gold Course Ln.
North Bend, OR 97459
|Coquille Public Library:
The Coquille Public Library is part of the Coos County Library system. Its hours of operation are Monday - Thursday 10am - 6pm, Friday 10am - 5pm, and Saturday 12pm -5pm. You can obtain detailed information about the Coos County library system by visiting their website.
Sturdivant Park is located on the right just after entering Highway 42S on the way to Bandon.
At the entrance of this spacious city park, there stands an historical marker in memory of the "Spruce Soldiers" of World War I. During the war, aircraft production was vital to the war effort. Early planes were constructed of linen over a wood framework. Because of it's lightweight flexibility and strength, Sitka spruce was the wood of choice.
This western tree thrives in the fog belt of the Pacific Coast from Northern California to Kodiak, Alaska. Only Oregon and Washington, however, provide trees of sufficient size and abundance for the production of aero-lumber. During the early 1900's, the average spruce tree in this region exceeded 4 feet in diameter and 160 feet in height.
Within the first six months of the war, the Spruce Products Division was organized under the command of Brigadier General B.P. Disque to increase lumber production. General DIsque recruited 27,661 enlisted men and 1,222 officers from the United States Army and after group muster at Fort Vancouver, Washington, "spruce soldiers" joined civilians to work for private companies in logging camps and sawmills.
In 1918, the Sitka Spruce Company operated a sawmill on the site of Sturdivant Park with soldiers of the 103rd Spruce Squadron. A two story barracks on these grounds was occupied by fifty-two enlisted men and two officers who worked around the clock to fill a government order for 1,000,000 board feet of aero-lumber.
The war ended on 11 November 1918, and the Spruce Products Division quietly disbanded. In less than two years, the Spruce Soldiers had increased lumber production by 300%, as nearly 10,000,000 board feet left the Pacific Northwest each month.
Today, Sturdivant Park is a popular spot for class reunions, the community-wide City Garage Sale in August, picnics, camping, RV parking, fishing, and other forms of recreation. A boat ramp offers easy access to the Coquille River and ducks and often seagulls can be seen along the banks. It's a great place to stop on a hot afternoon, within walking distance of downtown Coquille.