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Port OrfordPort 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.

If you like to visit small towns that still feel like a small town...

…where the shops and restaurants are owned by people who smile as you walk in. …where you can enjoy beaches, forests, rivers without elbowing your way through a crush of tourists…where you don’t have to stand in line anywhere and a traffic jam is two cars waiting to turn left…

…you’ll enjoy Port Orford. A place that feels a lot like Big Sur about 20 years ago.

Port Orford is very artistic, with six art galleries owned and operated by local artists, it’s also a working fishing town with one of two dolly docks in the US. You'll enjoy a diverse collection of historical and naturally beautiful sites and attractions, as well as all sorts of fun options for recreational activities.

For Port Orford events, festivals, live entertainment and happenings go to our Oregon Coast Calendar...

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1 Port Orford Cedar Festival
2 A big 4th of July celebration in the small Oregon Coast town of Port Orford
3 SOLV and Earth Day Cleanups
4 Third Annual Port Orford, Oregon Water Festival
5 WildSpring Guest Habitat - the soul of the southern Oregon Coast
6 Port Orford's Historic Properties
7 WildSpring Guest Habitat on the Southern Oregon Coast Garners National Recognition
8 Getting away from the rest of the world: Oregon's south coast
9 Waterspout Along Oregon Coast Near Port Orford
10 Beach meets Marsh on the Southern Oregon Coast - photos by Donna Smith
11 In and Around Port Orford with Photographer Donna Smith
12 There is more to the Oregon Coast than our beautiful beaches - A photo essay by Port Orford Photographer Donna Smith
13 Southern Oregon Coast Photos around Port Orford
14 Oregon Coast History in Beautiful Port Orford
15 WinterGreen Vacations - Your winter vacation can help protect American wilderness areas.
16 Denmark, Oregon tackles climate change on the Oregon Coast
17 The Klamath-Siskiyou Ecoregion
18 Oregon Senate approves state's first marine reserves
19 Paula's Bistro
20 Camp for Free
 
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