Cities Guide for the Southern Oregon Coast

Welcome To Powers
A Little About Our Town of Powers!

Nestled in a valley ringed ‘round by steeply forested mountains of the Coast Range, Powers retains the close-knit, small-town character of a Pacific Northwest logging community. It’s 18 miles up a winding road from Highway 42, a major east-west road between US 101 and Interstate 5 near Roseburg.

Powers is a gateway to the Siskiyou National Forest, and the road to it is part of the Coquille-Rogue Scenic Byway. Beyond Powers and over a watershed divide is the Rogue River, which the road follows down to the Pacific Ocean at Gold Beach. Another road along the way is the Powers-Glendale Bike Route. These backcountry routes are usually closed by snow in winter.

Services in Powers include a gas station, motel call 439-2261, stores and cafes. The Pioneer house and Railroad museum, are available for tours by request, there is also a clinic, 2 schools one is elementary (k-6) and the other is a High School (7-12). The US Forest Service Powers Ranger District office is at the south end of town along the main road.

Powers County Park, near the USFS office, offers day-use and overnight camping. Many sites have RV hookups, and there are plans to offer cabin rentals. The Siskiyou National Forest, about 5 miles south of town on the Coquille-Rogue Scenic Byway, has many campgrounds.

The original white settlers hailed from North Carolina, and the town came be known as Powers after early 20th century lumberman Albert Powers who brought in men and machines (including a railroad) to log the surrounding forests. The historic Wagner House, situated alongside the main road through Powers, is said to be the oldest pioneer home in the region. There’s an adjacent railroad museum, as well as walk-around displays on the grounds.

The year’s big event in Powers is White Cedar Days, held during the 4th of July. A new event, called the Spirit of the Siskiyous Celebration and Native American Pow-wow, is planned for the week before the 4th of July.

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