A Guide to Oregon South Coast History: Traveling the Jedediah Smith Trail

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  • Edition: Revised
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  • Copyright: 1999-06-01
  • Publisher: Univ of Arizona Pr
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One of the state's most spectacular scenic regions, Oregon's southern coast is also rich in history. Fur trade explorer Jedediah Smith, Coos Indian Annie Miner Peterson, lumber baron Louis Simpson, and writer Zane Grey are just a few of the fascinating individuals who helped shape South Coast history.

Author Biography

Nathan Douthit is professor emeritus of history and political science at Southwestern Oregon Community College in Coos Bay, where he taught from 1969 to 1997.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. x
Acknowledgments from Preface to the First Editionp. xi
Map of Oregon South Coast, south halfp. xiii
Map of Oregon South Coast, north halfp. xiv
Oregon South Coast History
The Natural Setting and Its Transformationp. 2
Early Coastal Explorationp. 3
Later Spanish Coastal Explorationp. 4
Captain James Cookp. 5
American Coastal Explorationp. 6
Captain George Vancouverp. 7
Early Nineteenth-Century Contacts with South Coast Indiansp. 8
Prehistoryp. 9
Indian Linguistic Groupsp. 11
Indian Food Resourcesp. 12
Indian Housesp. 13
Indian Wealth and Class Distinctionsp. 13
Indian Religious Beliefsp. 14
Survival of Indian Culturep. 14
Beginning of White Settlementp. 16
Indian-White Conflictp. 17
Pioneer Economyp. 18
The South Coast Since 1900p. 20
A Personal View of Recent Urban Changesp. 23
Historic Places, Sites, and Museums
The Approach of the Jedediah Smith Expedition to Oregon in 1828p. 26
Chetco Valley to Rogue River
Jedediah Smith Campsites One and Two Winchuck River to Chetco Riverp. 29
Chetco Valleyp. 29
Chetco Valley Historical Museump. 30
Chetco Valley History: 1860s-Presentp. 31
Kalmiopsis Wildernessp. 34
Jedediah Smith Campsite Three Thomas Creekp. 36
Samuel H. Boardman State Parkp. 37
Jedediah Smith Campsites Four and Five Pistol River to Rogue Riverp. 39
Rogue River Indian Villagesp. 41
War on the Rogue Riverp. 42
Gold Mining on the South Coastp. 45
Curry County Historical Museum: Gold Beachp. 48
Robert D. Hume, Salmon King: Wedderburnp. 49
Zane Grey and Sport Fishing on the Roguep. 52
Rogue River Ranch: Mule Creekp. 55
Rogue River or Isaac Lee Patterson Bridgep. 57
Rogue River to Bandon
Geisel Monument Waysidep. 60
Jedediah Smith Campsites Six to Eight Rogue River to Humbug Mountainp. 61
Humbug Mountainp. 62
American and British Discovery of Port Orfordp. 62
Battle Rockp. 63
Port Orford and Fort Orfordp. 65
Cape Blanco: Lighthouse, Shipwrecks, and Japanese Fire Bombsp. 67
Jedediah Smith Campsite Nine Sixes Riverp. 71
The Hughes House on Cape Blancop. 72
Langloisp. 74
Jedediah Smith Campsite Ten South of the Coquille Riverp. 75
Bandonp. 76
Bandon's Indian Villagep. 80
Coquille River Museum: Bandonp. 81
Coquille Valley Eastward
Farms and Early Towns along the Coquille Riverp. 82
Coquillep. 86
Coos Bay Wagon Roadp. 88
Fairview to Sitkump. 90
Sitkum in Brewster Valleyp. 91
Sitkum to Reston (or Lookingglass)p. 93
Myrtlewood in the Coquille Valleyp. 94
Myrtle Pointp. 95
Coos County Logging Museump. 97
South Fork of the Coquille River to Powersp. 99
Pioneer (Wagner) House and Railroad Museum: Powersp. 100
Early Powersp. 102
Port-Orford-Cedarp. 103
Bandon to Coos Bay
Bullards State Park: Prehistoryp. 105
Bullards State Park: Indian-White Conflictp. 106
White Settlers of Bullards State Parkp. 107
Bandon Lighthouse at Bullards State Parkp. 109
Shipwrecks on the Coquille Barp. 110
Jedediah Smith Campsite Eleven Whiskey Runp. 111
Seven Devils Road--Randolph Trailp. 113
Jedediah Smith Campsite Twelve Cape Aragop. 114
Francis Drake: South Cove, Cape Aragop. 115
Jedediah Smith Campsite Thirteen Shore Acresp. 116
Louis J. Simpson and Shore Acres Gardensp. 116
Jedediah Smith Campsite Fourteen Sunset Bayp. 118
Cape Arago Light: Gregory Pointp. 119
Jedediah Smith Campsite Fifteen Charlestonp. 122
Charlestonp. 123
Coos Bay Barp. 125
Shipwrecks off the Coos Bay Barp. 126
South Slough National Estuarine Research Reservep. 128
Jedediah Smith Campsites Sixteen and Seventeen: Charleston to North Spitp. 132
Camp Castaway and the Wreck of the Captain Lincolnp. 133
Empirep. 136
Downtown Coos Bay: Historic Buildingsp. 137
Coos Bay Boardwalkp. 143
Marshfield Sun Printing Museum: Coos Bayp. 144
Isthmus Slough: Mill Sitesp. 145
Isthmus Slough: Coal Minesp. 147
Coos County Historical Society Museum: North Bendp. 149
Coos Bay to Heceta Head
McCullough Memorial Bridge over Coos Bayp. 152
Umpqua River Lighthouse and Coastal Visitor Center: Winchester Bay-Salmon Harborp. 155
White Settlement on the Lower Umpqua Riverp. 158
Fort Umpqua: North Spit of the Umpqua Riverp. 160
Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area: Coos Bay to Florencep. 162
Umpqua Discovery Center: Reedsportp. 166
Jedediah Smith Campsites Eighteen to Twenty Winchester Bay to Smith Riverp. 168
Scottsburg and Gardinerp. 171
Jessie M. Honeyman Memorial State Park and the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC)p. 173
Siuslaw Pioneer Museump. 175
Florence and Siuslaw Riverp. 176
Heceta Head Lighthousep. 179
Jedediah Smith's Route to Fort Vancouverp. 180
Jedediah Smith's Relations with Indiansp. 184
Sources of Informationp. 190
Historical Societies, Museums, and Lighthousesp. 201
Government Agencies: Parks and Natural Areasp. 202
Indexp. 203
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