Curry County Echoes

Enjoy the most recent version of the Curry Historical Society's Quarterly Newsletter.  You'll find 16 pages (3MB PDF) of Historical Information, Book of Remembrances, Member Information, Society Financial and Leadership information, and more!

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29419 Ellensburg  |  P.O. Box 1598
Gold Beach Oregon 97444

Curry County is situated along the Pacific Coast in the southwest corner of Oregon. It is bounded on the south by California, on the west by the Pacific Ocean, on the north by Coos County, and on the east by Josephine County. The county contains1,648 square miles.

Upon creation of Curry County, the Territorial Legislature fixed the county seat temporarily at Port Orford until the citizens of the county could determine a permanent site. In 1859, following an informal vote of county citizens during the general election, Ellensburg was designated the county seat. In 1891 Ellensburg was renamed Gold Beach because of the gold and other minerals found in the sands in this area and to eliminate confusion with the city of Ellensburg located in the state of Washington.

In 1852, explorers discovered gold and other precious metals in the rivers and along the beaches of this area. Initially, settlement in the county was concentrated along the coast and depended primarily on water transport. The slow development of inland transportation routes kept the county relatively isolated well into the twentieth century. While there is still some mining of cobalt, nickel, and chromium in the southern part of the county, most of the county's economy has reoriented to agriculture, recreation, tourism and forest products. Port Orford cedar (Lawson Cypress) and myrtlewood are important export commodities.

The county has excellent grazing areas for raising cattle and sheep as well as favorable environmental conditions for the production of blueberries, cranberries, and horticultural nursery stock. The Harbor Bench area of southern Curry and northern Del Norte counties produces ninety percent of all Easter lilies raised in the United States. Vacation and recreational possibilities in the county draw tourists to the area and provide additional economic diversity.

To find out more about relocating into the area, we encourage you to use the following resources:

Curry County Government
Gold Beach Chamber of Commerce
Gold Beach Oregon
City of Gold Beach
Brookings Chamber of Commerce
Port Orford Chamber of Commerce

Alice Wakeman Memorial Building - home of the Curry Historical MuseumYou have come to the right place to learn the fascinating history of Oregon's spectacular south coast, as history comes alive through historic places, museums and amazing structures such as the Cape Blanco Lighthouse.

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