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Local Authors

Can't You Hear the Whistle Blowin',
William Lansing. 
Describes the now-vanished network of narrow-gauge railroads that brought logs down Coos County mountainsides, across steep ravines, to rivers and bays. Packed with historic photographs and includes a map showing locations of all known historic rail routes.

 Remember When,
William Lansing.
More than 90 schoolhouses served Coos County in its early days. This book, produced from hours of interviews, recreates the schoolroom atmosphere and provides an image of virtually every schoolhouse in the county.

Seeing the Forest for the Trees,

William Lansing.

The rise and decline of the timber industry in Coos County (1850s-1970s), with sidelights on coal mining, shipbuilding and port operations. Author Lansing is a 35-year veteran of the timber industry, retired in 2005 as Chief Executive Officer of the Menasha Forest Products Industry.

Crossings: McCullough's Coastal Bridges,
Judy Fleagle and Richard Knox Smith
Crossings ties together the history of the highway, the story of McCullough, the exciting path to federal funding, and the building of the bridges, with special emphasis on the bridge that best represents McCullough's technical and aesthetic genius - the Siuslaw River Bridge

My Memories,

Phillip A Matson
A collection of memoirs of growing up and beyond in Marshfield, Oregon during the mid-twentieth century

My Valley
Boyd Stone
History of the Coquille River Valley Outlying Areas and More

Historical Photographs

Law on the Bay: Marshfield, Oregon 1874- 1944,

Andie E Jensen

The first in a series chronicling the municipal law enforcement agencies located on Coos Bay.

Law on the Bay: Coos County Sheriff's Office 1854-1897,

Andie Jensen

The second in a series chronicling the various law enforcement agencies located on Coos Bay.

Hangman's Call: The Executions and Lynchings of Coos County, Oregon 1854-1925,

Andie Jensen

A historical account of the hangings which occurred within and for Coos County Oregon


A Century of Coos County Railroads,
Steven Greif
This manuscript was prepared for a local history class taught by Nathan Douthit at Southwestern Oregon Community College in the spring of 1974

The Uncommon Life of Louis Jerome Simpson,
Judith and Richard Wagner
Biography of the powerful lumberman and mill owner who "invented" the city of North Bend and built Shore Acres mansion and garden

Louie Simpson's North Bend,
Dick Wagner
North Bend's past springs directly from the efforts of Asa Meade Simpson and his son Louis Jerome to prosper on Coos Bay

North Bend Between The World Wars:1919-1941,
Dick and Judy Wagner
North Bend experienced two event filled decades between World War I and II

Instigator: The Troubled Life of Lorenzo Dow Kinney,
Richard and Judith Wagner
A biography of Lorenzo Dow Kinney and his dealings with the Coos Bay Region

O Pilot! Historical Sketches of the Coos Bay Bar Pilots,

Capt. Steven E. Woods and Jeanne Woods

Chronicled here are the lives of ordinary men, set in circumstances fraught with danger. Men doing their utmost to assure the safe transit of ship and crew under perilous conditions... these are the pilots who bring the ships in and out of Coos Bay.

Lost in Coos,

Lionel Youst

"Heroic Deeds and Thrilling Adventures" of Searches and Rescues on Coos River, Coos County, Oregon 1871-2000

Sawdust in the Western Woods,

Lionel Youst

A personal, pictorial, and primarily oral history of the small sawmill in the Douglas fir region, 1926-1956

Coquelle Thompson Athabaskan Witness A Cultural Biography,

Lionel Youst and William R Seaburg

The compelling life story of Coquelle Thompson, an Upper Coquille Athabaskan Indian little know except by the Siletz Reservation community and a handful of visiting academics


She's Tricky Like Coyote,

Lionel Youst

A biography of Annie Miner Peterson, a member of the Coquille tribe and one of the most important ethnographic sources for her people.

Between Two Worlds: Chinese of Marshfield, Oregon,

Jon Littlefield

A "micro history" which may shed light on a part of the local history of the Chinese who lived in Marshfield between 1880-1940.

Unique Items

Marshfield Sun Note Cards

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