Little About Our Town of Powers!
Nestled in a valley ringed ‘round by
mountains of the Coast Range, Powers retains the close-knit, small-town
character of a Pacific Northwest logging community. It’s 18
miles up a
winding road from Highway 42, a major east-west road between US 101 and
Interstate 5 near Roseburg.
Powers is a gateway to the Siskiyou National
the road to it is part of the Coquille-Rogue Scenic Byway. Beyond
and over a watershed divide is the Rogue River, which the road follows
down to the Pacific Ocean at Gold Beach. Another road along the way is
the Powers-Glendale Bike Route. These backcountry routes are usually
by snow in winter.
Services in Powers include a
motel call 439-2261, stores and cafes. The Pioneer house and Railroad
are available for tours by request, there is also a clinic, 2 schools
is elementary (k-6) and the other is a High School (7-12). The US
Service Powers Ranger District office is at the south end of town along
the main road.
Powers County Park, near the USFS office, offers
and overnight camping. Many sites have RV hookups, and there are plans
to offer cabin rentals. The Siskiyou National Forest, about 5 miles
of town on the Coquille-Rogue Scenic Byway, has many campgrounds.
The original white settlers hailed from North
and the town came be known as Powers after early 20th century lumberman
Albert Powers who brought in men and machines (including a railroad) to
log the surrounding forests. The historic Wagner House, situated
the main road through Powers, is said to be the oldest pioneer home in
the region. There’s an adjacent railroad museum, as well as
displays on the grounds.
The year’s big event in Powers is White
Cedar Days, held
during the 4th of July. A new event, called the Spirit of the Siskiyous
Celebration and Native American Pow-wow, is planned for the week before
the 4th of July.