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Port Orford is in on the southern Oregon Coast, at the northern end of what coastal Oregonians call the Banana Belt, because the weather from Port Orford south is noticeably warmer than the weather north of Cape Blanco. The town takes its name from George Vancouver's original name for Cape Blanco, which he named for George, Earl of Orford, "a much respected friend." Before the arrival of European settlers, the Port Orford area was originally inhabited by Tututni peoples. The Tututni languages were a part of the Pacific Coast Athabaskan language family. The first European settlers, led by Captain William Tichenor, arrived in 1851. Port Orford was formally founded in 1856. It would serve as a receiving port for mercantile and fishing. The port district was formally set up over 50 years later in 1911.
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