Bandon and Vicinity

Bandon (sometimes known as Bandon-by-the-Sea) sits on a wedge of land between the south shore of the Coquille River (pronounced co-KWILL) and the Pacific Ocean. The location, with a rich estuary to the north, the forest to the east, a major river and the bountiful coastline, attracted humans for thousands of years. In fact, the town is built roughly on the same spot once occupied by the large wooden plank houses built by the Coquille Indians. When European and American pioneers arrived in the area, they took advantage of the temperate climate and rich soil for farming. Today, the areas around Bandon are well-known for their dairy and cranberry production. During the early 1900s, Bandon became increasingly popular with tourists and vacationers. Beautiful scenery aside, it was perfectly positioned as a port-of-call for coastal steamships traveling between San Francisco and Seattle. Disembarking at Bandon, visitors could treat themselves to the sandy beaches, restaurants and dance halls. Although the town has endured several tragedies, including two massive fires, its picturesque waterfront, numerous parks, amazing beaches and numerous offshore islands still make it a popular destination point.

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    Category: Exploring Nature Item

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    Category: Exploring Nature Item

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