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Coos Bay, Oregon

Coquille Lighthouse

Coos Bay Bridge
Coquille Lighthouse
Coos Bay Bridge 

Coos Bay is located in Coos County in the southwestern corner of Oregon. The port of Coos Bay handles most of the lumber and forest products shipped in the world. Coos Bay is Oregon's second largest commercial port. Long before the pioneers came and settled in this area, several Native American tribes made a living with the abundant food from the rivers, bays and wildlife in the area. These tribes included the ancestors of the modern day Coos, Lower Umpqua, Siuslaw and Coquille tribes. The origin of the name "Coos Bay" is from a Native American language meaning "lake" or " place of pines". The first settlement in Coos County was in 1853. Since then, timber and fishing, as well as the safe harbor have contributed to the successful growth of  the county. Coal mining, and even gold mining also helped the settlement flourish. Coos Bay is now the economic center of Oregon's south coast. It has wonderful recreational areas with several state and national parks, and annually attracts large numbers of tourists who come to experience its natural beauty.

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