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Our Town: Port Orford

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Port Orford is the oldest town on Oregon’s coast (though Astoria is the oldest settlement). Situated along Highway 101, Port Orford is just 62 miles from the California border.

Fishing is big business in the town, just as it is in many coastal communities. Citizens launched a campaign earlier this year to “keep the port in Port Orford.” The harbor is filled with sand, creating challenges for fishermen who use it on a daily basis. The Army Corps of Engineers said late last month that they can’t afford to dredge the fishing port. 

Artists also play a significant role in the life of the town. There are eight galleries. (In a town of 1,150 people, that’s roughly one gallery for every 144 residents.) Each one showcases the work of local artists working in a variety of media, from oil paints to metal sculptures and even scrimshaw.

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