Shirley Nelson was an elementary school teacher until 1995, when she retired and moved with her husband to Port Orford. She has become a noted local writer and amateur historian. Among her published works, in addition to magazine and newspaper articles, are What Happened Here? a book of stories and legends based on history of Curry and Coos counties, and Home at Last, a history of Port Orford Library which opened a new, debt-free building in 2008. She enjoys exploring the beautiful south coast, as well as traveling, hiking, bowling, and volunteering.
City of Port Orford
Port Orford claims to be the oldest town site on the Oregon coast, dating to 1851. The Qua-toh-mah band of Athabascan-speaking Tututni people were the original inhabitants of the area. In 1851, Captain William Tichenor, believing the site could become a thriving seaport, brought a small party of would-be …
Port Orford Lifeboat Station
Built by Julius Yuhasz and Arvid Olson, a U.S. Coast Guard Lifeboat Station opened in Port Orford in 1934. Constructed on a 280-foot-high cliff above Nellie’s Cove, the station included a house for the officer-in-charge, barracks that also housed operations, a garage, a storage building, a pump house, and a …