Culture/History, Outdoor

Oregon Coast History: Coos Bay Castaways

In 1852, a schooner went off course and wrecked on Coos Bay’s North Spit. The survivors set up temporary shelter now known as Camp Castaway. Story by Michael Shay Editor’s Note: This story appeared in the September/October 2017 issue of Oregon Coast Magazine. “The vessel sprung a leak soon after […]

BROOKINGS, COOS BAY, Culture/History

Coastal Film Recounts Bombing, Reconciliation

Less than 20 years after World War II, members of the Brookings Junior Chamber of Commerce invited the Japanese pilot who had bombed the forest a few miles from the city.  Nobuo Fujita accepted the invitation in 1962 and brought with him a gift of reconciliation: a Samurai sword that […]

Culture/History, Outdoor

Mountain Lookout

One woman describes her time as a fire lookout on the south coast in the late 1950s. STORY BY THERESA VERBOORT Driving south of Coos Bay, on Highway 101, my mind always flashes back to my stint as a forest fire lookout, when I was a new graduate of Bandon […]