The Port of Bandon
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N 43° 07.207 W 124° 24.761
10T E 385078 N 4775122
One of three Bandon history signs on the Bandon Riverwalk.
Waymark Code: WM81BN
Location: Oregon, United States
Date Posted: 01/08/2010
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member TheBeanTeam
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Kiosk on Bandon Riverwalk with three history signs about Bandon.
Marker Name: The Port of Bandon: working and changing with the times
Marker Text: Since its beginning in 1913, the Port of Bandon has been working to improve the special riverside qualities of Bandon.
The industrial economy of the early days called for engineering projects that improved shipping opportunities. In 1915, the Port dredged the harbor to allow larger ships to pass more safely.
Today, the Port focuses on recreational, environmental, and community projects.
Some recent project include:

  • Construction of a small boat basin, recreational fishing and crabbing docks and piers, a boat ramp and a public restroom.
  • A land exchange with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, trading the Bandon Marsh for the historic U.S. Coast Guard Station, which the Port has maintained on the National Historic Register.
  • Creating and enhancing wetlands and increasing the size of the estuary for wildlife habitat, including salmon.
  • The Port of Bandon sponsors an Economic Development Fund totaling $1.5 million. This fund lends money to small businesses to get started or to renovate their businesses.
  • Design and construction of this boardwalk and interpretive center, which were made possible with funds from the USDA Forest Service, Oregon State Parks and Recreation, Coos Curry Douglas Rural Investment Fund and the Bandon Urban Renewal District.

To learn more about the interesting history of Bandon, visit the Coquille River Museum. It’s a great museum!
1914 - A fire destroys the waterfront business district.
1930 - The cranberry industry takes off.
1936 - A tragic and catastrophic fire destroys most of the town.
1936-1946 - The town struggles to rebuild after the fire.
1950’s - Bandon grows steadily in postwar economy.
1980’s - Old-town is redeveloped.
1991 - Bandon celebrates its 100th birthday.
1996 - 100th birthday of the lighthouse.
2000 - The Port (with the USDA Forest Service) begins work on the Bandon Riverwalk.

Historic Topic: Modern Age 1900 to date

Group Responsible for placement: City Government

Marker Type: City

Region: Coast

County: Coos

Web link to additional information: [Web Link]

State of Oregon Historical Marker "Beaver Board": Not listed

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