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A few of the 40+ titles in our store:
Guide to Oregon South Coast History: Travelling the Jedediah Smith Trail, Nathan Douthit. Describes coastal sites and towns as they would have appeared to fur trapper Smith in the early 1800s, and as those sites appear today.
Oregon Indians: Voices of Two Centuries, Stephen Dow Beckham, ed. Essays by Native Americans on aspects of state and local history; includes many first-person narratives.
A Century of Coos & Curry, Peterson & Powers. "The" basic research tool for Coos County history, covers roughly 1890s-1940s.
Oregon's Promise A non-traditional perspective on the significance and impact of EuroAmerican settlement and its aftermath.
The Coos Bay Region: Life on a Coastal Frontier 1890-1944, Nathan Douthit. Traces the development of communities around Coos Bay following the arrival of Euro-Americans. A fun read with plenty of diary excerpts.
Seeing the Forest for the Trees, William Lansing. The rise and decline of the timber industry in Coos County (1850s-1970s), with sidelights on coal mining, shipbuilding and port operations. Author Lansing is a 35-year veteran of the timber industry, retired in 2005 as Chief Executive Officer of the Menasha Forest Products Industry.
Hard Times in Paradise, William Robbins. A highly critical look at economic and social consequences of the timber industry's presence in and departure from Coos County.
Can't You Hear the Whistle Blowin', by William Lansing. Describes the now-vanished network of narrow-gauge railroads that brought logs down Coos County mountainsides, across steep ravines, to rivers and bays. Packed with historic photographs and includes a map showing locations of all known historic rail routes.
She's Tricky Like Coyote, Lionel Youst. A biography of Annie Miner Peterson, a member of the Coquille tribe and one of the most important ethnographic sources for her people.
Remember When, William Lansing. More than 90 schoolhouses served Coos County in its early days. This book, produced from hours of interviews, recreates the schoolroom atmosphere and provides an image of virtually every schoolhouse in the county.
South Slough Adventures, Melody Caldera. Recounts lifestyles and anecdotes of Native Americans and EuroAmerican settlers on comparatively pristine South Slough, now home to the nation's first National Estuarine Research Reserve.
Stars in the Dark, Dow Beckham. Fascinating, little-known history of Coos County's coal mines, which flourished from the 1860s until 1910 supplying the city of San Francisco. Maps of old mines and many photographs.
The Uncommon Life of Louis Jerome Simpson, Richard and Judith Wagner. Biography of the powerful lumberman and mill owner who "invented" the city of North Bend and built Shore Acres mansion and gardens.
Images of America: Coos County Lise Hull. A quick summary of Coos County history, with hundreds of pictures from our collections.
Lighthouses & Life Saving on the Oregon Coast, Pinyerd. Includes images of local lighthouses including Cape Blanco, Coquille Point, Cape Arago, Umpqua River, and Heceta Head.
Coos County: the Early Years and Coos County: the Glory Years. Images from our collections, grouped by topic, late 1800s through 1960s.
Discover the South Coast:
Exploring Southern Oregon's Beautiful Places, John Kemper. The name says it all.
Out Our Backdoor, Tom Baake. Driving tours, day hikes and other excursions off the beaten track, to some of the area's least-discovered sights.
We also stock a number of guides to natural history, plant and animal identification, etc.