Coos County Historical and Maritime Museum
The Coos County Historical and Maritime Museum (1220 Sherman Ave., North Bend, 541/756-6320, www.cooshistory.org, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Tues.–Sat., noon–4 p.m. Sun. July 1–Labor Day, $2) is located near the south end of the Conde McCullough Bridge in North Bend, one of several distinctive Depression-era spans by Oregon’s master bridge-builder.
The museum houses more than the usual bric-a-brac from earlier eras, thanks largely to the region’s heritage as a shipping center. An early-1900s Regina music box, a piano shipped around Cape Horn, miniature boat models, and a jade Chinese plaque, as well as Coos Indian beadwork and other artifacts, make this collection especially memorable.
Outside, old-time logging equipment and a 1920s steam train are also worth a look.
by Judy Jewell and W. C. McRae from Moon Oregon, 8th Edition, © Elizabeth & Mark Morris and Avalon Travel