Little About Our Town of Lakeside!
Situated along Ten Miles Lakes about 10 miles
the Coos Bay/North Bend area on the southern Oregon coast, Lakeside is
a popular summertime and retirement destination. There are limited
including a motel, RV parks, supermarket, cafes and marinas. Public
are nearby. The lake, noted for its prize bass and other angling
is actually two lakes, connected by a channel, with many private homes
along the shores. It’s also popular with waterskiers and
The town’s main event is the 4th of July
with fireworks over the lake. Coos Bay Yachat Club members race
on summer weekends.
history is bound to Ten Mile Lakes. The two lakes
served as the means of trade and communications. Their waters made the
development of farms and homes possible.
It can now be definitely established where the name "Ten
originated. One account tells of an Indian called "Ten Mile Tom", who
about 1850, built the first permanent cabin in what is now Lakeside
the present Lakeshore Lodge. His name came from his habit of replying,
when asked how far it was to any place, "Oh, about Ten Miles". In time
his nickname was transferred to the lakes.
The Indians would hunt by day on the Black Creek Arm of
the North Ten
Mile Lake (known as Black's Arm), but would not camp overnight. They
evil spirits lived in the dark waters and that these spirits would roam
the land looking for humans to carry to their watery homes. Even today,
with the narrowness of the arm, the tall hills on either side, and the
remaining trees, the arm's waters are fairly dark.
A former Kentuckian, Peter Jordan, had a hunting and
trapping line in
the area. he built a hunting cabin at the head of the Blacks Arm in the
late 1850's or early 1860's.
Pioneer life was hard in this area. Forests provided
material for building
and fuel. it was said that building farms in the Coast range was second
only to the "stony" farms of New England.