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A Little About Our Town of Myrtle Point!

Said to be one of the best-preserved small towns in Southern Oregon, Myrtle Point is at the southern end of the Coquille River Valley, about 25 miles inland from the Oregon Coast. The historic downtown district is ringed by many vintage homes, some well kept and others in the process of restoration.

The town sits along Highway 42, a major east-west route between US 101 and Interstate 5. Highway 42 S, which branches off Highway 42 in Coquille, provides an easy route to the Pacific Ocean at Bandon. There are full services, including a motel, RV parks, supermarkets and other businesses. Myrtle Point, Oregon is the location of  Coos County Fair which  has been held yearly since 1912 with only one closeure in 1942 during the warII. The Harvest Festival is really a very new attraction. The town is home to the Coos County Logging Museum, open in summertime. The museum is located in a domed, pioneer-era building with unusual acoustics.

The town’s main event is the Harvest Festival, usually the last weekend in September. There are several other quaint festivals in spring and summer.

Myrtle Point’s boom years came in the late 1890s, when speculation ran high about a railroad connection to Roseburg. The railroad eventually chose another route, but the region’s rich timberlands and farmlands sustained the community.

The town is adjacent to the Coquille River, which rises from the nearby Coast Range and finds its way to the sea at Bandon. Once an important waterway for frontier-era commerce and transportation, the river is a popular fishery for salmon and steelhead.

The Coquille River Valley remains a productive cattle and dairy region, and there are sawmills and other small industry. Pride in a hard-working pioneer heritage runs high, and the town strives to maintain its downtown district and small-town character.

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