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Out Our Back Door

    Land of the Giants: Part I
    Tom Baake

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    PHOTO CAPTION: A visitor checks out the big Doerner Fir in the forests of eastern Coos County.
    Among Coos County's claims to fame are a number of trees said to be among the largest of their kind. Add in a few remarkable specimens in Curry County and the redwoods of Northern California's Del Norte County and you've got an impressive list – and also perhaps the theme for some fun adventures. Call it a tour to the land of the giants.
    Some of the big trees are in towns and cities, others literally out in the woods. In one case, you have a choice of how to get there – a serious uphill hike, or just drive to it!
    Being growing trees, they're susceptible to everything from old age to lightning strikes to disease and bugs. And in some cases, the tree's actual location is not publicly revealed in order to protect fragile soils at the tree's base.
    As might be expected in this sort of thing, there's a criteria for designating what's called a champion tree. Or make that several criteria, depending on which reference source you use. For example, one of the top groups is the Portland-based Ascending the Giants, which maintains a database of big specimens.
    Trees are judged on height, circumference (or girth) and crown spread, the latter a measure of the footprint or plan area of the crown of the tree expressed as a diameter.
    Right away you might pick up on some problems. Is the largest tree the tallest? The thickest? The most spread-out? Or some kind of point system? The answer is yes to all of them.
    To further confuse things, not all the organizations agree.
    Designations are also often broken down to state by state (or country by country), so the "world's largest" might actually be the largest in the state. The problem is solved easily enough. Instead of saying the tree is the largest or tallest, I refer to it as "one of the tallest" or "among the largest."
    Two of Coos County's big trees are fairly well known and have been visited by many people over the years. The Doerner Fir is on Bureau of Land Management property in eastern Coos County, while the largest known Port Orford Cedar – called the Big Cedar – is tucked in a grove of other mighty specimens on the Powers Ranger District of the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest south of Powers.
    The Doerner Fir took over the title from another tree a few ridgelines to the west, called the Forest Giant. It was set in a storybook glade and had a viewing platform built around its base. But the BLM said it was starting to die, and they were worried about branches falling on visitors, so they had it cut down. In a nifty bit of logging, it was fallen uphill and left in place, and is still pretty impressive horizontally.
    As for the Doerner Fir, many of the topmost branches don't look well, so its days as the champion may be numbered; in fact, a coastal Doug Fir near Lake Quinault, Wash., now tops some of the lists.
    One of the largest known Monterey Pines is in the beautiful setting of Shore Acres State Park near Charleston. At a ceremony several years ago, a plaque was placed at the base of the tree. In attendance at the ceremony was Barbara Simpson Griffin, daughter of Shore Acres (and the city of North Bend) founder Louis J. Simpson. Mrs. Griffin grew up at Shore Acres and said she wasn't surprised the tree grew to champion status. Said she: "That's where we had the pigpen" so the tree was well fertilized in its formative years.
    There are several contenders for the largest Monterey Cypress. For many years a tree just south of Brookings held the claim, but specimens in Pescadero, Calif., San Francisco, Douglas County and New Zealand also make the lists. Another big one near Port Townsend, Wash., recently fell down.
    One of the largest coastal redwoods is in the Stout Grove outside of Crescent City. The grove contains many massive specimens but the actual largest tree is not identified to reduce soil compaction at its base by visitors. In this same spirit, the location of the largest (tallest, in this case) redwoods in Redwood National and State Park is withheld from the general public. There are, however, a number of specimens in the combined state and national redwood parks and in some in commercial establishments such as the Trees of Mystery that are sufficiently huge as to take your breath away.
    The subject of champion trees surfaced recently with the "discovery" of a huge cottonwood tree in Wallace Dement County Park outside of Coquille. It's actually one of several behemoth cottonwoods looming over the Coquille River the vicinity of Arago and Myrtle Point. Efforts are being made to have representatives of the Ascending the Giants group visit the tree and make formal measurements, with an eye toward adding to the list of the largest specimens.
    Getting to the big cottonwood –and some of the other trees – is an adventure in itself, but at this point my allotted space is full, so we'll take this up again next week – with some helpful driving and walking directions!

    (Get more information, directions and maps to the big trees in Tom Baake's guidebook "Out Our Back Door," available at bookstores, the Coos Bay Visitor Center and at
    Ghost Towns Offer Glimpses Of Early Oregon Settlement
    Tom Baake

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    PHOTO CAPTION: A visitor peeks through the dusty windows of the old Remote Store, one of several Coos County sites to achieve ghost town status.

    Despite their tendency to decay, ghost towns continue to attract history buffs and others curious about these remnants of a past that seems increasingly distant. For others -- especially those who still reside in so-called ghost towns -- they may represent the ultimate getaway from the world's woes.
    Thanks to six decades of pioneer settlement beginning in the mid 1800s, along with subsequent logging, mining and agricultural operations, Oregon has the greatest number of ghost towns of any state in the union. More than 350, according to several scholarly sources, including Steven Arndt in his 2017 book, "A Compendium of Oregon Ghost Towns."
    Another source puts the number at 250 communities that fit the ghost town description, and another expert estimates there are more than 600 ghost towns and former townsites.
    The criteria for ghost town status is complicated. Contemporary experts and authors tend to blend their own ratings system with those established by earlier scholars.
    A 1960s-era ghost town historian with the colorful name of Lambert Florin wrote a book called "Ghost Towns of the Pacific Frontier" that defined them as "a community or location that is a shadowy semblance of its former self. Some still have life, though nothing compared to lusty vigor they once enjoyed."
    Compendium author Arndt's system includes ten classifications ranging from abandoned structures to still-occupied townsites, while Rick Hamel of Pacific Northwest photoblog offers eight groups broken down into eight further classes. Author Philip Barney says "the reason for the town initially is no longer the reason why people are there."
    Travel Oregon -- the state's travel and tourism department -- offers three categories: "True ghost towns are those without anyone living there anymore, while partial ghost towns have a population that has declined to extremely low numbers. The third category covers tourist ghost towns, which while preserving their historic features, have become tourist attractions and fun places to visit."
    Most of the notable ghost towns are in central and eastern Oregon, where a drier climate preserves things betters, whereas only a handful can be found in southern Oregon, and just a few on the coast.
    One of the best, however, is as close as Josephine County. Called Golden, it began as a hardscrabble mining camp during the 1840s, and eventually had the requisite general store, post office, and church, along with about 150 residents.
    The town founder's house still stands, as does a shed, church and the former store/post office, all protected as the Golden State Heritage Site. The adjacent graveyard, however, is modern television prop constructed for the '60s series Gunsmoke.
    To the south in Jackson County is Buncom, another rough and ready mining set-up that eventually grew into a little town. Three weathered buildings survive – a bunkhouse, post office and cookhouse.
    As for the South Coast, many settlements may have had a general store or blacksmith shop, but didn't rate town status, and thus can't really be called ghost towns. Places such as Bancroft in eastern Coos County, or one-time stage stops on the Coos Bay Wagon Road like Sumner, Sitkum, Dora and Lookingglass.
    Coal mining camps-turned-towns south of Coos Bay such as Coos City, Coaledo and Beaver Hill have disappeared without a trace, although you can still see scattered timbers and an old wharf at the coal-loading place along Isthmus Slough called Southport.
    Broadbent, founded by a group of Maryland settlers, had various business structures. A 1920s grange, community church and old schoolhouse remain, along with a few dozen residents.
    In Curry County, Ophir had a post office in 1891. Carpenterville had busy days of which nothing remains.
    Some surprises in the compendium include Hauser, site of the first cranberry bog in Oregon and on the West Coast. Some, like Lakeport south of Bandon, not only have no traces, they don't even make the compendium.
    Other places that meet the criteria may not feel like ghost towns, perhaps because they're beside busy highways. For example, Scottsburg along Highway 38 about 15 miles east of Reesport. Founded in 1850, it boasted the first newspaper in Oregon in 1854, and once had eight merchandise stores, several mills, two lawyers, a blacksmith shop and bordello. The 1851 Hedden Store and 1870 Hedden House still stand along with other old buildings.
    And then there's Remote along Highway 42 about 17 miles east of Myrtle Point. Established as a stage stop on the Coos Bay Military Road that replaced the Stage Road, it had a post office founded in 1887, a general store, and other businesses serving a thriving logging and lumbering industry working the surrounding forests.
    The general store was occasionally open as recently as the 1990s and the pumps in the gas station are frozen at $1.57 per gallon. The house next door dates to the 1890s. An energetic fellow name Skeeter and his wife are cleaning up the place, with plans to revive the store and offer souvenirs.
    Across the highway is the historic Sandy Creek Bridge, a classic covered bridge dating to 1921 and restored in 1984 as the centerpiece of a small county park. Restrooms and picnic tables complete the setting as an excellent place to stop and take a break.
    As for ghosts, you'll just have to visit and draw your own conclusions . . .
    The books mentioned are available through the Coastline Library System in Coos and Curry Counties, as is the 2014 DVD "Ghost Towns" by Mill Creek Entertainment.

    (Shopper columnist Tom Baake is author of regional guidebooks available at bookstores, the Coos Bay Visitor Center or at
    King Tides Create More Waterways to Explore


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    PHOTO CAPTION: With the massive concrete footings of Catching Slough Bridge in the background, a flock of Least Sandpipers crowd the branches of a partially submerged tree near the head of Catching Slough east of Coos Bay.

    Some of the year's highest tides occur next week, and if there are rainstorms things could get really soggy. Even without rain, "king" tides such as the 8.0 tides expected in the afternoons of Oct. 28 and 29 can cause problems, such as short-term flooding along the Coos Bay waterfront. And yes, you read that right, two days in a row of 8.0 tides.
    Is there an upside to a king tide? For example, a popular saying in the Pacific Northwest is "When the tide is out, the table is set." According to several reference sources, the saying goes back to an 1890s article about the Puget Sound, and refers to the ease at low tide of digging and gathering clams, crabs, oysters, mussels, and limpets, not to mention mudflat and tidepool delicacies -- even seaweed. But what good is high tide? Oh sure, I'm well aware good fishing can occur on an incoming tide, and I know from years of experience that the best crabbing tide is about one hour before high tide. They go on a feeding frenzy!
    At high tide it's like the opposite of a dinner gong going off. The critters seem to dig in and hold on tight till the tide turns again. Meantime wetlands fill up – a redeeming factor, I guess. But all in all, high tides don't have many advocates.
    As for recreation, high tides can put a crimp on such things as beach walks, for obvious reasons. The beach gets covered with water! But for kayakers, canoeists and stand-up paddlers, the temporarily-flooded estuary wetlands have more areas to explore. You can get into places not normally covered with water.
    Bandon Marsh is a good example. Start your trip from Bullards Beach State Park on the last couple of hours of an incoming tide. On high tides, vast stretches surrounding the main channel of the Coquille River get inundated, and you can paddle into and over what is normally low-lying terrain of the Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge. Even more fun, explore short channels and poke along the shorelines, onto which has been cast up every manner of driftwood and flotsam.
    Old decayed pilings are remnants of an earlier era when floating log rafts were lashed up awaiting final transit to sawmills, while weathered Indian fishing weirs harken back to an even earlier time. A quiet approach will usually reward you with up-close sightings of blue heron, egrets and other birds and waterfowl.
    And when you feel the tide begin to turn, simply turn yourself around as well, and ride the river current and tidal ebb back to your starting point.
    Another fun and relatively protected area is near the head of Catching Slough east of Coos Bay's Eastside district. From the parking area at the east end of the bridge, preferably on an incoming tide, paddle north into the serpentine channels of the upper bay, and view some of the low-lying islands. Here, too, your only company will likely be a colorful variety of ducks along with the occasional egret or blue heron.
    The bay can seem massive from the perspective of a sit-inside kayak right down at water level. The towns of Coos Bay and North Bend look far away and almost toylike, as does McCullough Bridge.
    According to the Division of State Lands, the Coos Bay Estuary spreads nearly 20 square miles, which is a lot less than it once did, before extensive filling, diking and draining was done to create townsites, farmlands and pastures. Spoils from routine dredging were dumped in the same areas over the years, eventually building up islands, further reducing the estuary's surface water.
    Sometimes it's hard to believe the estuary covered everything from the "flatlands" around downtown Coos Bay to Pony Village Mall and the airport in North Bend. But it's a bit easier to picture when you're out on the bay during high water and it all seems like some vast inland sea.
    Paddlers in the Catching Slough vicinity can also check out Millicoma Marsh just to the west, another area of wetlands, former pasturelands and narrow twisting channels – at least that's what it looks like most of the time. At these big high tides, it too becomes a glittering watery expanse tempting everything from ducks to curious kayakers.
    No matter how much or little you do of these paddles, try to head back while the tide's still coming in so you don't have to work too hard, and you'll have a fun trip fit for a king.

    (Shopper columnist Tom Baake is co-author of the guidebook "Oregon South Coast Canoe, Kayak and Stand-up Paddle Guide," available at bookstores, the Coos Bay Visitor Center and at
    Take a 'Leaf Tour' Loop


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    PHOTO CAPTION: Visitors (at middle right in folding chairs) enjoy the autumn sunshine at Smith River Falls east of Reedsport.
    A reader said, "You've got it made, writing about the outdoors this time of year with all the nice weather."
    She was right. Even with some unwelcome cold snaps, it's been hard to beat the climate lately, especially considering conditions elsewhere.
    Of all the scenic early autumn settings, river canyons really beckon, with their canopies of big-leaf maples, alders, willows, madrones and red vine maples putting on a colorful show. Even the lowly poison oak gets in on the act with its fiery red foliage.
    Rivers run through just about every South Coast community, so self-guided canyon "leaf tours" are close at hand. What's really neat, though, is that in many towns, you can make a loop by going up one river, crossing the watershed divide and coming down a different river.
    For example, in Brookings you could go up the Winchuck River, cross the divide and come down the Chetco River.
    In Gold Beach, go up the south side of the Rogue River to the Lobster Creek Bridge and return along the river's north bank.
    In Port Orford, a challenging trip goes up the Sixes River and crosses over to the breathtaking Elk River. (High clearance vehicles recommended. Because road signage can be missing and GPS units unreliable, it's advisable to obtain the combined Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest/Bureau of Land Management Coos Bay District map before venturing on backcountry forest roads.)
    As for the Coquille River, although roads don't always follow the riverbanks, you glimpse the river in many places, and parallel it in a few stretches, clear from its outlet in Bandon and on up to its three forks and well beyond. Or just go up Highway 42S from Bandon to Coquille, and return on North Bank Lane.
    Reedsport might have one of the most gratifying, going up the Umpqua River through a corridor of magnificent big-leaf maples, crossing the divide at Vincent Creek, and returning down Smith River. Let's do that one!
    Getting There
    (Note: Because this a loop, it can be can be done from either direction, but for this article we'll go up the Umpqua River on Highway 38 to Wells Creek to get sometimes-busy highway driving done first so you can return on the relaxing Smith River route.)
    From the intersection of US 101 and Highway 38 in Reedsport, note your mileage or reset your trip odometer, and head east on Highway 38. A potential stop comes along in 3 miles at the Dean Creek Elk Viewing Area, where a resident herd can usually be spotted.
    In 16 miles the highway crosses the Scottsburg Bridge and passes through historic Scottsburg. At 19 miles turn left (N) on paved Wells Creek Rd., which begins an immediate ascent.
    A few switchbacks ease the climb. At about 21.2 miles is a "Y" intersection with a big sign. There used to be two ways to go over the divide but a massive landslide covered one of the routes so you'll have to take the Fern Top route, to the left. However, the slide is worth the short out-and-back detour to view, and will add 1.5 miles to the trip, reflected in the following mileages. Yes, it's worth it, just to behold the awesome power of nature and the unstable status of the some of the slopes hereabouts.
    Back on the main route (Fern Top, BLM 21-9-32.0), the climb continues, passing gravel side roads. Stick to pavement, which eases around the flanks of Fern Top Mtn. Owing to growing-back trees and robust brush, views are scant, even if you venture up a short gravel sideroad to Fern Top's summit. The road crests at about 25.8 miles and heads down through true mixed-species forest.
    At about 31 miles is a big intersection with adjacent fire pond, and 4 miles beyond is a "Y" intersection with the "other" (closed-off) road over Fern Top. Bear left, continuing downhill on Vincent Creek Rd. Further beautiful forest ensues, with the road reaching the bottom at about 38 miles.
    To the right is the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Vincent Creek Recreation Site.
    Turn left (E) on Smith River Highway, and follow it downriver, passing the BLM Smith River Campground as well as Smith River Falls, robust after recent rains. What a terrific picnic stop!
    From the falls continue downriver through miles of golden pasturelands rimmed by greening-up forests. River and road are lined in places with sheltering alders and gigantic maples, some in full autumn show, others already shedding random spent leaves. Some of the leaves end up ditches or roadside hollows, others flutter delicately into the river, where they start a whole different kind of journey.
    As for our journey, it ends at about 70 miles as Smith River Highway meets US 101, where a left (S) turn goes back to Reedsport in about 2 miles.
    (Shopper columnist Tom Baake is author of regional guidebooks available at bookstores, the Coos Bay Visitor Center or at
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Thunderbird — T-Bird tilt steering wheel — tilt Ton, ton, 1 ton, ¾ ton, etc — t, t, 1t, ¾t, etc trailer — trlr transmission/tranny — trans weight (hitch) — wt wheels — whls NOTE: John Deere the company uses J.D. themselves, so “John Deere” and “J.D.” are acceptable RV’s, ATV’s/CYCLES, BOATS awning — awn fifth wheel — 5th whl fully self contained — fsc generator — gen motorhome — mh self contained — sc wheels — whls 4 wheeler — 4whlr, 3whlr four wheeler — 4whlr, 3whlr Harley Davidson — Harley HD — Harley aluminum — alum electric — elec Evinrude — Evin galvanized — galv # horse power — #hp # horse — #hp inboard — i/b inboard/outboard — i/o long shaft — ls Mercury (boats only) — Merc outboard — o/b outdrive — o/d short shaft — ss Animals # months old — #mos # years old — #yrs puppies — pups spayed — spay neutered — neut female — fm male — m up to date — utd Appliances/Furniture box spring — box California — Cal capacity — cap entertainment — ent queen — qu refrigerator — fridge wooden — wood Electronics Gigabyte — gb Gigahertz — ghz Hewlett-Packard — HP high definition — hd high def — hd high def tv — hdtv Mega bytes — mb Megapixels — mp Nintendo — Nin Play Station — PS Play Station 2 — PS2 Play Station 3 — PS3 Play Station 4 — PS4 TV — tv VCR — vcr Windows 98 — Win98 Xbox 360 — Xbox360 Xbox One — XboxOne Employment experienced — exp’d hour — hr Full Time — F/T Part Time — P/T references — ref’s required — req’d week — wk year — yr Garage Sales Time example: — 8a-5p Days — Fri-Sun Dates (if needed) — 3rd-4th Highway — Hwy Roads — Rd, Ave, Blvd, St, etc… Multiple — Multi Real Estate, Mobiles, Rentals $00 per month — $00/mo $00 deposit — $00/dep # bathrooms — #ba # bedrooms — #bdr apartment — apt double — dbl double wide — dbl for sale by owner — FSBO manufactured — mfg mobilehome — mobile no drugs — n/d no pets — n/p no smoking — n/s owner may carry — omc owner will carry — owc single wide — single take over payments — t.o.p. washer/dryer hook-ups — w/d hk-ups water/sewer/garbage paid — w/s/g pd Sporting Goods Ammunition — Ammo Bicycle — Bike Camouflage — Camo magnum — mag mountain — mtn Remmington — Rem Winchester — Win Cities Bandon — bd Brookings/Harbor — b/h Charleston — charl Coos Bay — cb Coquille — cq Crescent City, CA — cc Drain/Elkton/Scottsburg — hwy38 Florence — fl Gardiner — gar Gold Beach — gb Hauser — hau Langlois — lg Lakeside — lksd Mapleton — ma Myrtle Point — mp North Bend — nb Port Orford — po Powers — pw Roseburg — rsbg Reedsport — rdspt Remote — rm Winchester Bay — wb NOTE On Cities: At the end of the phone number designating which general area the ad is from, the abbreviation will be lower case. In the body of an ad when the city is needed it will still be abbreviated, but it will be in caps. Some categories are now separated by location.














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DeEsta Kuehn

Classified Sales & Classified Manager

DeEsta Kuehn 22 years in the community, 20 years as a sales agent, and 19 years as the Classified Department Manager for The South Coast Shopper.


Katrina Smith

Classified Sales

Katrina Smith, a Coos County native, 2 years as a sales agent for the South Coast Shopper.


Amanda Libbett

Display Advertising Sales

Amanda has resided 10 years in the community, with 6 years sales and marketing experience.


Sharon Ballard

Display Advertising Sales

Sharon has been a southern Oregon coast resident for 3 years with 20 years of experience in sales and marketing.


Britney Gordon

Office Manager & Bookkeeper

Britney Gordon, is a Coos County native, 1 year as Co-Office Manager, 10 years as Office Secretary for The South Coast Shopper, and has been Assistant Manager for the Classified Department for 3 years.