How to get to Bandon circa 1915
Excerpt from Western World's Dec. 16, 1915, edition: HOW TO GET TO BANDON
Bandon, Ore., is still not the easiest place on the planet to get to, but it used to be much more difficult.
"There are three ways of getting to Bandon:
"Take the steamer Elizabeth from San Francisco; fare $10.
" Take either the Alliance or the Breakwater from Portland to Marshfield (now Coos Bay), then take a train to Coquille at 9 o'clock connecting with the Coquille River boat, landing you at noon the same day in Bandon; combined fare, not counting lodgings, is approximately $12.
"Over stage from Roseburg, Oregon, to Myrtle Point, from which place you take the river boat to Bandon as before; fare being $5 for stage and $1 boat.
"We recommend boat clear through, in the winter time at least. It is quicker and pleasanter for those not afflicted with seasickness."
The Annual Cranberry Festival
The festival is held the second weekend in September. The theme is used on items throughout the festival. The festival kicks off Friday, with the blessing of the cranberry harvest at a local cranberry bog at 9:30 AM, followed by the traditional crowning of the queen at 7 p.m. in the Bandon Sprague Theater. The VFW Auxiliary holds the annual Food Fair. This is where locals submit their favorite cranberry dishes for judging. The winner of the contest is crowned Queen or King of the Kitchen at the coronation of the Cranberry Queen at 7 p.m. in the Bandon Sprague Theater. The Auxiliary also hold a bake sale and bazaar on Friday and Saturday.
The always-popular Festival Parade begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, and goes through the heart of Old Town after winding its way down Highway 101. People interested in taking part in the parade may phone (541) 347-9616, or write to P.O. Box 348, Bandon 97411.
provided by the Bandon Historical Museum...
pre-1850 Area inhabited by the Coquille (Ko-quell Indian Tribe)
Facts About Bandon
Bandon's Coquille River Museum is located at 270 Fillmore Ave (on the corner of Fillmore Ave and Hwy 101)
The Museum is run by the Bandon Historical Society (The following was written by the Historical Museum Staff) P.O. Box 737 Bandon, Oregon 97411. Telephone & Fax - - (541) 347-2164.... Website http://bandonhistoricalmuseum.org/
Bandon's Museum is located in the "Old" City Hall Building. The second building constructed after the disastrous 1936 fire, it was to be the temporary quarters, but remained in use until the "New" City Hall was built in 1970 just south of here, along Hwy 101.
Winter Hours: Monday through Saturday 10am-4pm. Summer Hours: Monday through Saturday 10am-4pm and Sundays 1-4pm.
Admission: $2 for Adults; Children under 12 and Members of Bandon's Historical Society are free.
We are proud of our more than 50 dedicated volunteers who attend the visitor's desk during the course of the year, the museum could not run withut them.
Thank you Friends!
Bandon's Museum has one paid staff person, Judy Knox who works Monday through Fridays 9am-4pm. Board of Directors, their spouses and many other dedicated volunteers give countless hours of their lives to continue to show and teach Bandon's wonderful history to future generations. They all do this with pride and love for Bandon, our past and our future.
Funding for the Museum is by daily admissions, annual memberships, memorials, fund raisers, donations, and sales from our newly remodeled and enlarged gift shop. Our membership continues to grow and we welcome anyone wishing to become members to do so by contacting us at 541-347-2164. Our memberships are: Individual $15; Family $25; Business $35; Life $250; Benefactor $500; Patron $1000
In 2000 we began a Sustainability Fund to insure the Museum's future, our goal is to have 2 million dollars in this fund and to use the interest for the museums operating expenses. Contributions to this fund are tax deductible. Our visitor count has risen every year with well over 6500 visitors, world wide, U.S. and local faithfuls. Bandon's museum is handicap accessible. The Museum has over 4,000 sq. ft. of display and artifact exhibit display area and well over 1000 historic photos displayed with captions of the Bandon area. Our entire building is over 5400 sq. ft. which also includes: a research room, office, work and storage areas and restrooms.
Our collections include: Native American artifacts, a very extensive photographic collection of early Bandon. Other displays you will see are: coal and gold mining, logging & timer industry, fishing, cranberries, dairy farms & cheese making. Other exhibits are a natural history section, military memorabilia and photographs, a large maritime room with photos of shipwrecks, tugs, river boats, sailing vessels and shipbuilding of the area. In our Pioneer rooms we cover Bandon's two fires, 1914 and 1936, and the people who stayed to re-build Bandon to what it is today. We have a special area where we honor a pioneer family from this area every year. You can visit early Bandon businesses, and pioneer families, early day schools, enjoy the period clothing they work from the 1900's through the 1950's.
This is just a small sample of what Bandon's Museum has to offer each and everyone who beckons in our doors. History is like a child's mind, a terrible thing to waste.
Our newly enlarged gift shop reflects our museum in many ways, in what we sell, historic books of the area, cards, photos, videos, drawings, paintings, glass ware, and many other items. The gift shop helps us fund our museum. Tours are available, large or small groups, with or without a guide, you can enjoy a leisurely walk through Bandon's past, just call for more information (phone or Fax) 541-347-2164. We are within walking distance of Bandon's Old Town, gift shops, our harbor area, cheese factory, motels and restaurants.
The beginning of The Coquille River Museum and Bandon Historical Society:
The Bandon Historical Society was incorporated in 1976, and the museum opened their door in 1977, in the Masonic Hall Building on 2nd Street and we were known as the Bandon Historical Society Museum. We are now and have always been a 501 C 3 non-profit organization.
In 1983 we moved into the Old Coast Guard Station on 1st Street, we were there twelve years. In November 1983, the museum was named "The Coquille River Museum". The Coquille River was a vital part of our early history since the first settlers grew along its banks and tributaries.
In February 1996 we began moving into our present location. In May 1996 we opened our doors.
Bandon's Urban Renewal Agency purchased Bandon's Old City Hall, with Urban Renewal Funds for our museum's new home. The City of Bandon Urban Renewal Agency donated the building to the Historical Society after minimal payment made towards the purchase.
Bandon may be a small town, but, we do have a lot of wonderful, and interesting history.
Visit us when you are in Bandon and enjoy our past and our future.
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