Oregon Coast History Center
For a glimpse into the rich past of Lincoln County, stop at the Oregon Coast History Center (545 SW 9th St., 541/265- 7509, www.oregoncoast.history.museum, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Tues.–Sun. June–Sept., 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Oct.–May, $2 suggested donation), which incorporates the Log Cabin Museum and the adjacent Queen Anne–style Burrows House, a former boardinghouse built in 1895.
It’s located a half block east of the chamber of commerce on U.S. 101. The logging, farming, pioneer life, and maritime exhibits (particularly Newport shipwrecks) are interesting, but the Siletz baskets and other Native American artifacts steal the show.
Here you can learn the heartbreaking story of the hardships—forced displacement, inadequate housing, insufficient food, and poor medical facilities—that plagued the diverse Native American groups that made up the Confederated Siletz Indian Reservation.
by Judy Jewell and W. C. McRae from Moon Oregon, 8th Edition, © Elizabeth & Mark Morris and Avalon Travel