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An extraordinary quality of life is what initially attracts many people and businesses to the Bay Area. The area offers an abundance of outdoor recreational activities, education opportunities, state of the art medical facilities, museums, unique shopping and restaurant experiences, full service libraries, and cultural events. Fishing, water sports, hiking, camping, boating, golfing, beaches and parks provide an abundant array of recreational activities. There are also a number of athletic clubs to choose from.


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An extraordinary quality of life is what initially attracts many people and businesses to the Bay Area. The area offers an abundance of outdoor recreational activities, education opportunities, state of the art medical facilities, museums, unique shopping and restaurant experiences, full service libraries, and cultural events. Fishing, water sports, hiking, camping, boating, golfing, beaches and parks provide an abundant array of recreational activities. There are also a number of athletic clubs to choose from.

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Founded in the 1850's Coos Bay is still the commercial center of Oregon's southern coast.

Coos Bay is the largest of the communities that comprise Oregon's Bay Area. The city, founded in the 1850's, was named Marshfield after the Massachusetts hometown of the city's founder J. C. Tolman, and was incorporated in 1874 under that name. In 1944, residents voted to change the name to Coos Bay.

Coos Bay has been the commercial center of Oregon's southern coast since its earliest days. Transportation systems radiated from it to inland Oregon, the Pacific Ocean and other areas of Coos County. The mosquito fleet of small boats delivered people and products to places of pleasure, culture and transshipment to other parts of the world.

Coos Bay, Oregon's largest bay has represented a commercial passage to the sea from pioneer days to the present. The name is derived from one of the area's Native American tribes and has two Indian meanings --lake and place of pines. Several Native American tribes call the Coos Bay region their ancestral homeland. Before the advent of European settlement the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians and the Coquille Indians lived in the area for thousands of years. They were dependent upon the land and the water, the Pacific Ocean and other waterways, and the forests and meadows providing sustenance.

Since the 16th century, its dramatic beaches, promontories, blazing sunsets, endless stands of massive forests, golden dunes, and waters teeming with fish have awed explorers of the southern Oregon coast.

Sir Francis Drake is believed to have sought shelter for his ship, the Golden Hinde and its crew, near Cape Arago in 1579.

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In the mid 1800's, the waterways and forests that had supported the Native American settlements equally encouraged European settlement. Around the turn of the century coal, mining and shipment of coal were a major part of the economy. The Coos Bay Region has prospered as a center for wood products, shipbuilding, shipping and products of the sea. Throughout history, the Bay Area has been the center of trade for the entire southwestern Oregon coastal region.

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Coos Bay is home to many educational opportunities

SWOCCSouthwestern Oregon Community College
Phone: 541‐888‐2525 1988 Newmark Avenue Coos Bay OR 97420
www.socc.edu

The college campus is located in the western part of the city in a 125‐acre wooded area of Empire Lakes Park. SOCC provides a variety of career programs, first and second year college level course, and upper division courses offered through extension programs of Linfield College, Southern Oregon University, Eastern Oregon University, and Oregon State University. Tuition at SOCC is the same for in‐state and out‐ of‐state students. Financial aid, student housing, fitness center, and food services are a few of the amenities offered by the college.

Coos Bay School District
Phone: 541‐267‐3104
1255 Hemlock Avenue PO Box 509
Coos Bay OR 97420
www.cbd9.net

Primary and secondary students are served by the Coos Bay School District. Well‐coordinated programs provide students with strong basic skills and specialized training. The district is comprised of one high school, one intermediate school, three elementary schools and the Harding Learning Center which incorporates several alternative‐school programs. Other local schools include Lighthouse Charter School (Public) as well as Kingsview Christian School and Christ Lutheran Church (Both Private).

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Perched on a scenic bluff above the Pacific Ocean, Shore Acres began as a private estate with luxurious gardens featuring trees, shrubs, and flowering plants brought from around the world aboard the sailing ships of pioneer lumberman and shipbuilder Louis J. Simpson.

A fully enclosed observation building now occupies the site of Simpson's mansions, offering spectacular view of rugged seascapes, towering storm waves, and glimpses of migrating whales from December through June.

One mile north of Shore Acres, Sunset Bay State Park offers extensive picnic and overnight camping facilities. One mile to the south, Cape Arago State Park has hiking trails, picnic tables, and excellent opportunities for viewing tidepools life and marine mammals (whales, seals, and sea lions). A hiking trail, which is part of the Coast Trail, also connects the three parks. South of the park is the newly renovated Simpson Reef interperative stop. View the seals, sea lions, elephant seals and other marine life from the new viewing deck. Please do not bother the seal pups you may find on the beach. They are not lost, only waiting for mom to return. Also, the bleeding, hurt looking elephant seals are not dying. This is only a molting process they go through while resting before continuing their journey

To learn more about the history and seasonal attractions visit the Shore Acres website.

Shore Acres Lights

Thanksgiving thru New Year's Eve - 4:00 - 9:30 PM every night (including Christmas Eve, Christmas and New Year's Eve).  Walk-thru Display - All abilities accessible. Open Garden House with hot cider, punch, coffee and cookies!

Holiday Lights at Shore AcresWhen did the holiday lights and open house at Shore Acres begin and just how many lights does it take to light up this five-acre wonderland? How many people attended the event last year and from how many countries?”

The annual community tradition began in 1987 when the Friends of Shore Acres decided to string a few lights -- 6,000 if you're counting, and 9,000 people showed up to view the south coast's wonderland. The lights are up to over 200,000 lights  and have drawn more than 65,000 visitors from 32 countries, 6 continents, 6 Canadian provinces, 48 US states and territories, 219 Oregon towns and cities, 176 California towns and cities, 23 Idaho towns and cities, 13 Nevada towns and cities, and 97 Washington towns and cities.

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Festivals and Events. Events planned within the City of Coos Bay include a variety of community gatherings to encourage social interaction among family and friends. Additional events held in Bandon, Charleston, Coquille, Lakeside and North Bend offer an even wider option for residents to enjoy. A list of festivals and events is available at www.oregonsadventurecoast.com with a brief list as follows:

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Mild Marine Climate

Coos Bay enjoys a mild, marine climate resulting from the moderating influences of the Pacific Ocean and from the rainfall induced by the Coast Range. The majority of our rain falls between November and January for an average annual rainfall of 64 inches. The temperature averages in the mid 50s, with August and September ranking as the warmest months.

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Bay Area Hospital
1775 Thompson Road Coos Bay OR 97420 Phone: 541‐269‐8111
www.bayareahospital.org

Bay Area Hospital is a 172‐bed publicly owned care facility and is the largest hospital on the Oregon Coast, serving as a regional referral center. The hospital and its medical staff of 100 physicians offer a comprehensive range of diagnostic and therapeutic services. New and expanded medical services include laser treatments, MRI, CT, mammography, stereotactic breast biopsy, and laparoscopy procedures. The Radiation Therapy Center provides cancer patients with treatments, surgical intervention, and chemotherapy.

The region is served by three well‐established medical facilities including North Bend Medical Center, Bay Clinic, and South Coast Orthopedic Associates.

 

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