Just 20 miles inland from
Oregon’s South Coast, the city of Coquille maintains
a temperate climate shielded from coastal winds, capturing a great many days of
Beautiful morning fog lifts by noon and clear night skies light up the way. Rainbows spread
the valley and colorful sunsets
meet the tall trees on the horizon. Coquille makes a great
point with its historic downtown shops, motel, supermarkets, gas stations, hospital and other
The Coquille River flows from the nearby Coast Range to the sea at Bandon. Once an important waterway for frontier-era commerce and transportation, the river remains a popular fishery for salmon and steelhead.
The town’s colorful past is reflected in the historic downtown district and the many well-kept private homes dating to the late 19th and early 20th century. Another connection to the old days is the Sawdust Theater, which features rollicking old-time melodramas every summer weekend. Coquille’s main event is the Gay ‘90s Festival the first weekend in June, which recalls the heady times of the 1890s when Coquille turned into a boomtown in anticipation of the railroad’s arrival. The railroad eventually chose another route inland, but subsequent generations were sustained by the bounty of the forest, as well as in farming, dairying and cattle ranching. Coquille serves as the County Seat.
Spreading across the high ground above the Coquille River Valley, several sawmills and manufacturers with unique, far-reaching specialty goods work quietly nearby. Pride in a hard-working pioneer heritage runs high, and the town’s downtown and heritage neighborhoods continue to preserve the town’s original spirit.
Updated by Laura Rose
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