Coos Bay is a small town on the Oregon coast, located where the Coos River enters Coos Bay on the Pacific Ocean. When driving in Coos Bay, you may find yourself in the bordering town of North Bend without realizing it, which is why locals simply refer to the two towns as the Bay Area. Approximately 16,000 people call Coos Bay home, though the population has been dwindling for decades.
A Brief History
Prior to European and American settlement, the Coos Bay area was populated by members of the Coos, Lower Umpqua, Siuslaw and Coquille native American tribes. The area was perfect for fishing, hunting, and gathering. Settlement came in the 1850s and the area was referred to as Marshfield for many years. It remained a fairly remote city due to the difficulty of reaching it over the Coast Range and rivers. It was mainly accessible via the ocean; many ships ran aground here. The name was officially changed to Coos Bay in 1944 when residents voted to name it after the Bay and abandon the old name of Marshfield, which has no cultural significance.
Coos Bay’s Development & Life There Today
Coos Bay was, for many decades, an important port on the Oregon coast. Cargo ships came to Coos Bay to offload products headed for other parts of the state and picked up mostly timber products to take with them. The declining timber industry and the advent of bigger ports have contributed to a shrinking population in modern times. These days, residents and tourists enjoy sandy beaches, a quiet pace of life, and kite flying.
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