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Out Our Back Door

    Big Bridge, Little Beaches


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    Dwarfed by a tremendous concrete footing and tied arch anchor, a visitor provides a sense of scale for this photo taken underneath McCullough Bridge in North Bend.

    Last week's column highlighted North Bend's McCullough Bridge, one of several gems of design and engineering along the Oregon coast. A reader had heard about a walking tour that went under the span, and she wondered how that was possible.
    You can not only drive under the bridge's southern approach, but also visit it as part of a walking tour. As noted last week, the walking tour is an annual January event, and makes a brief stop "under the bridge" before continuing through city parks and into a historic residential district. But the bridge and its environs could be a walking tour all on their own. You can get a closer look at some interesting things not seen from the highway, and walk right up to its formidable structural elements, as well as exploring some of North Bend's little-visited beaches. Yes, that's right, North Bend has beaches.
    You can start or end this walk in a number of places – this is just one potential version. If you're headed for the aforementioned beach, you must visit on an outgoing or low tide. Waterproof footwear is highly recommended.
    A friend and I started the other day from Simpson Park in North Bend. We walked north on the west side sidewalk of US 101 for a couple of hundred feet to the start of the Ferry Road Park trail, which veered away from the busy highway while transiting the densely forested park. Before long we arrived at what's called the plaza area under the bridge's southern approach. Elaborate concrete stairways with massive handrails curve down from both sides of the roadway to landings framed by pleated concrete curtains, themselves framed by cast concrete proscenium panels.
    Here as on all the other magnificent Oregon coast bridges designed in the 1930s by Conde B. McCullough, there are very few mundane square or rectangular blocks of concrete; they are instead elegantly fluted from top to bottom, or stepped-down to relieve the inherent blockiness of concrete. Inset geometric patterns and multi-rayed starbursts also break the tension.
    To the north the bridge is supported by a procession of Gothic arches. Line yourself up dead center and look north for a classic vanishing point effect.
    We continued on the trail into Ferry Park, which eventually leads to a ballfield. Instead, we opted to follow signs for the park's loop trail, which plunged through more deep woods, occasionally broken by viewpoints of the bridge. The trail emerged on the ballfield near a plaque explaining this was once an Indian village site. We turned left (east) on gravel Ferry Road and followed it down to the bayside, where interpretive signs explained this was the site of the former ferry dock.
    A few steps northward on a closed-off former access road led to the easily-accessible beach, which at various points went from sandy to pebbly to algae-coated. Massive pieces of driftwood attested to the occasional fury of the weather. McCullough Bridge loomed ahead to the west. It's being painted now so there was lots of temporary rigging, flapping tarps, extra catwalks and associated equipment.
    We walked right up to one the immense concrete bridge footings, which is really the only way to appreciate the enormity of this bridge. Dwarfed by the massive structure, my friend declared it "totally interesting. You really miss a lot just driving over it."
    We continued west, fording a small stream emptying into the bay. (Small, that is, at low tide but nearly impassable at high water.) Now the railroad bridge lay ahead. Once there, we passed beneath its heavy wooden beams, emerging onto a panoramic view that took in bits of the Oregon Dunes to the north, along with glowing piles of woodchips at the Roseburg Co. dock. To the west were the airport runways, terminal and control tower, and to the south the city of North Bend spread out along the shore and upland slopes.
    And literally at our feet lay sprawling Pony Slough, much reduced of water at low tide and revealed to be mostly mudflats. Tiny holes in the ooze bubbled and burped open occasionally, either from release of oxygen or by some tiny buried critter.
    A lone egret rose slowly at our approach, as did ducks by the twos and threes and then whole fleets.
    Still following the shoreline, we walked on a beach of a billion broken shells and firm sand until it gave way to stickier mudflats. With perseverance it's possible to follow the bayshore along here – at times unavoidably through the mud – and make your way to Simpson Park or to the foot of Monroe St., but we decided to save that for another day, and retraced our route to Ferry Road Park. And picked up a few seashells – welks, I think – along the way just to prove that we'd really been to the beach – in North Bend!
    (Shopper columnist Tom Baake is author of regional guidebooks. Buy the books at local bookstores, the Coos Bay Visitor Center or at
    Summer Went Here


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    PHOTO CAPTION: Visitors enjoy the midway at a previous Coos County Fair. This year's fairs in both Coos and Curry counties are July 24-27.

    Later in the season, you'll hear people say, "Summer went by so fast! Where did it go?"
    The answer is Here, right here. These next couple of weeks might just be the busiest days of summer.
    The schedule ranges from annual fairs and festivals to whimsical hometown events, and takes in everything from full-throttle action in the Oregon Dunes to world-class symphony orchestra performances.
    There's information about many of the events elsewhere in this edition of the Shopper.
    Some of the fun may already be under way as you read this, such as North Bend's annual July Jubilee, July 19-21. Friday's "sip 'n stroll" wine walk is followed by Saturday events that include fun and 5K runs, car shows, live music, a disc golf tournament, trout fishing and many other youngster activities, and a "bulldog promenade" (open to all English bulldogs, with categories and awards, 'tho non-sanctioned, just for fun). Sunday take a historical walk with author Dick Wagner from 10 a.m. to noon, followed by a 2 p.m. country music performance by Little ole' Opry on the Bay at the Liberty Theater.
    If, however, you live out in the country, the height of summer brings other sorts of scheduling and priorities -- such as getting your hay in -- but you might also be preparing for next week's (July 24-27) county fairs in both Coos and Curry counties.
    The Coos County Fair features a new livestock barn, along with the usual abundance of animals, arts and crafts. Seniors get in for half price ($4) on Wednesday, July 24.
    The 41st annual Oregon Coast Music Festival has also already begun, but there are more shows this week and next, including the always-impressive symphony performances (July 23 and 27). Many of the musicians are part of major orchestras in cities across the country, but return to Coos Bay every year, thanks to our splendid scenery and appreciative local audiences.
    Meantime, in the Oregon Dunes outside of Winchester Bay, the annual DuneFest (July 23-28) is said to be the premier ATV event in the country, drawing spectators and participants from all over.
    And it's not just the pros showing off; many events are open to all comers, right down to "buddy versus buddy" races. There are free races for youngsters, treasure hunts, live music, vendor and OEM booths, and other activities such as a show 'n shine. With so many activities it's hard to do them all, which is part of the strategy to keep people coming back. Very clever!
    The drag races and freestyle shows will feature some of the hottest performers in the sport. Incidentally, if you're wondering where the "track" is, organizers use heavy equipment to create it and other performance areas in the dunes near the beach access road out of Winchester Bay specifically for DuneFest, then put it all back. Sand is forgiving that way.
    As usual, a look at the events' web pages or Facebook pages will yield more information.
    But what if popular public activities are not your cup of tea? What if you just want to enjoy a nice summer day? Ocean beaches always beckon, but for a twist on the theme in the North Bend/Coos Bay area, consider a walk on the bay shoreline from the Empire Boat Ramp southward toward Charleston. Begin on an outgoing or low tide, and wear waterproof footwear.
    The settings change as often as the footing, which goes from sand to mud to shells to pebbles to broken crockery to rocks, the latter sometimes coated with slippery algae. An interesting stretch passes a former sawmill, now an upscale campground. Birdlife is abundant, with resident and migratory species making the most of tidal flats and narrow bands of undeveloped land between the bay and Cape Arago Highway.
    Depending on your ambition, you can walk about 3 miles (and back, unless you set up a vehicle shuttle). A nice little jaunt that sees few visitors. And who knows? You might still have time to catch some of the other action listed above. Or maybe just hit the hammock and read a book. After all, it's summertime!
    Shopper columnist Tom Baake is author of the guidebook "Out Our Back Door," available at bookstores, the Coos Bay Visitor Center, or at
    Oregon Coastal Bridges Are Like Works of Art
    Tom Baake

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    The Conde B. McCullough Memorial Bridge in North Bend spans the Coos Bay Estuary.

    A reader asked me what I meant about a walking tour that went under McCullough Bridge in North Bend. "Under the bridge?" she said. "On the water?"
    No, I said, there's a road that goes under one end of the bridge. You can walk there on a trail, too, hence the walking tour. This was all news to her, even though she's lived here many years. It got me wondering how many more people haven't ever taken a closer look at this interesting and essential local treasure.
    The walking tour just mentioned happens every January, and a brief stop at McCullough Bridge is actually just part of the trip. Truth be told, a whole tour could be devoted to the bridge and its immediate vicinity, and in an upcoming column I'll give some ideas for a self-guided walk. For now, though, some general background information about McCullough Bridge and the other notable Oregon coastal spans might increase appreciation of these structures. Plus, they're painting McCullough Bridge right now, so the timing seems apt.
    No matter how many times you cross one of the soaring bridges along the Oregon coast, it's always sort of an adventure – which is just what the designers and builders intended. That inspiring feeling you get from crossing the bridge is meant to be a metaphor for life in this rugged part of the country. All its challenges, all its rewards -- a natural beauty and symmetry of water, forests, dunes and mountains. And to the delight of generations of admirers, the bridges continue to serve not just as functional spans, but as artistic statements and icons for their communities. Each is different -- and one had to be replaced – but all are prized. There's even a museum dedicated to them, about which more in a moment.
    Built in the 1930s in a series of federal projects to provide employment in the Great Depression and relieve pressure on the state's overburdened ferry system, the bridges sprung from the fertile mind of famed state highway engineer Conde B. McCullough. They're notable not just for their economical use of materials and overall pleasing aesthetics, but also for their use of architectural embellishments and influences of Art Deco and Modern art. Both art movements were heavily influenced by Egyptian designs that had become popular in the wake of archeological expeditions to Egypt, such as those that unearthed King Tut's tomb. And thus we have Oregon coastal bridges that boast various versions of fluted and stepped pylons, stylized obelisks, medallions and other raised panels, inset starbursts and geometric designs, mechanical sheds disguised as guard towers, not to mention many uses of gothic arches, sometimes for actual load-bearing structural purposes, sometimes just for looks, sometimes both.
    Each crossing – and hence, each bridge – is unique to its setting, and just as the bridges differ in appearance, many use different engineering techniques. For example, the Rogue River Bridge in Gold Beach (officially named the Issac Lee Patterson Bridge), uses a French engineering technique called the Freyssinet method that reduces the potential for cracking and stress.
    Other bridges – such as McCullough Bridge in North Bend -- had to be built high enough to allow for ship traffic. The bridge over the Umpqua River in Reedsport is the only "swing span" highway drawbridge on the coast, while a traditional drawbridge is used over the Siuslaw.
    McCullough designed other coastal spans, such as those over Ten Mile Creek and Big Creek in Lane County, Rocky Creek in Lincoln County and Wilson River Bridge in Tillamook County, and all bear his unmistakable touch of function and understated elegance. Another example -- best admired from below, in the parking lot for Heceta Head lighthouse between Florence and Yachats – is the Cape Creek Bridge, which looks like a tiered Roman aqueduct.
    Another charming touch at some of the major bridges are the plazas beneath their approaches, such as those at the ends of the McCullough Bridge, and the Yaquina Bay Bridge in Newport. They feature sweeping concrete staircases and massive concrete handrails, framed by cast panels with vertical and horizontal patterns that are themselves framed by pleated, cast concrete curtains. "These architectural embellishments," wrote author Judy Fleagle in her 2011 book Crossings, "continue to amaze travelers, resulting in thousand of photographs every year."
    The harsh coastal environment took its toll on the 1930s-era bridges, though, as rebar inside the concrete rusted. A process known as zinc cathodic protection was applied to many of the bridges to extend their usefulness. It came too late to save Waldport's Alsea Bay Bridge, however, which was replaced with a new bridge in 1991. The Alsea Bay Interpretive Center incorporates some of the pylons and spires of the original bridge, and is a great stop in mellow Waldport. Another good way to appreciate the bridges is walk across them – on a nice day, of course. Or as noted, in the case of McCullough Bridge, under them.
    More on that subject soon!
    (Shopper columnist Tom Baake's guidebook "Out Our Back Door," is available at bookstores, the Coos Bay Visitor Center and at
    Plenty to Experience On The Fabled Rogue River


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    PHOTO CAPTION: Stand-up paddlers and kayakers enjoy a fun riffle in a section of the lower Rogue River.
    (Photo courtesy South Coast Tours)

    Of the many rivers that end their journey on the Oregon coast, few offer the diversity of uses as the mighty Rogue River. Rising from headwater springs in the Cascade Range near Crater Lake, it's popular for fishing, swimming, boating, rafting and paddling for nearly its entire 214-mile length. So popular, in fact, that permits are required to float, boat and paddle along certain stretches.
    Along the way it's fed by tributaries, dammed for hydropower, diverted for irrigation, slowed for fish hatcheries, channeled through busy urban areas, and slipped ignominiously under Interstate 5 before beginning an epic journey through the rugged Siskiyou Mountains past places with names ranging from the ominous to the idyllic – Hellgate to Paradise Bar.
    It emerges on a coastal plain for its final three dozen miles, taking on a series of pools and riffles before arriving at the Pacific Ocean at Gold Beach. For canoeists, kayakers and stand-up paddlers, it's these mostly-mellow lower sections that can be most enjoyable. At this writing, no permits are required to paddle the lower river.
    There are many options. For those wanting to make expeditions from one launch site to another, a vehicle shuttle is required. However, it's a lot of fun just doing out and back excursions from a handful of easy put-ins/take-outs at US Forest Service campgrounds and other locations.
    One of the most enjoyable paddles actually begins in the Illinois River, a tributary of the Rogue River, upstream from its confluence with the Rogue. To get there, follow the Rogue River Highway (also called Jerry's Flat Rd.) about 27 miles and turn east on Oak Flat Rd., and go 3 miles to its dead-end at a gravel bar at river's edge. The Illinois is noted for its sparkling-clear water, and is underlain with serpentine rock that creates luminous green pools and sunken grottos. It takes about an hour to reach the Rogue River, and another 4 hours to get to Quosatana Campground (and longer to further downriver sites.)
    The USFS Quosatana Campground is an excellent place to launch an out and back trip up through a memorably scenic part of the Rogue River. You can paddle through many pools and riffles, practicing technique against the eddies and currents, or "walk" your vessel through sections you're unsure of. You're in total control of your time and distance, but a 2-mile trek upriver is an easy and fun way to start.
    You can turn back whenever you feel like it and the current will glide you back downriver to your starting point. Jetboat wakes can be an issue, but the commercial outfitters are good about slowing down when passing paddlers. Some of the private parties in jetboats might not be as attentive – or they may be distracted while in pursuit of fish – so be cautious.
    Speaking of fishing, the Rogue is world-famous for its salmon and steelhead opportunities, and angling from a kayak is a quiet contrast to approaching in a jetboat, although it didn't seem to matter much to the fish I've caught when fishing from a friend's jetboat on several occasions.
    Whether you're fishing or just paddling, the USFS Lobster Creek Campground 10 miles up Jerry's Flat Rd. is another fun place to visit. It's said Lobster Creek is the Rogue's most productive salmon fishery, and when they're running the banks here are lined with anglers. Even if you're not fishing, it's fun to watch someone land a big one. Add that to the list of fun things to see on the Rogue River!
    Newly updated guidebook available
    On the subject of waterways, longtime Myrtle Point kayaker Ron Wardman and I have created a new edition of "Oregon South Coast Canoe, Kayak and Stand-up Paddle Guide." Expanded to include all the recreational ("flatwater") kayaking on the Siuslaw, Smith, Umpqua, Coos, Coquille, Rogue, Chetco and Winchuck rivers, the book also includes the small "rain responsive" creeks of Curry County, such as Hunter Creek and Pistol River.
    Also included are all Dunes Country lakes, from well-known places such as Sutton and Tahkenitch lakes, to little-visited Beale Lake near Hauser. Other destinations off the beaten track include Scholfield Creek in Reedsport, the Siltcoos River Canoe Trail south of Florence, and New River south of Bandon. Inland opportunities range from Powers Pond to Ben Irving Reservoir to Lake Earl near Crescent City, Calif.
    With accurate maps drawn to scale to accompany information on put-ins, distances, directions, tide time corrections, and other important tips, the books are available for $10 at South Coast bookstores, museum gift shops and the Coos Bay Visitor Center, and online at
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Thunderbird — T-Bird tilt steering wheel — tilt Ton, ton, 1 ton, ¾ ton, etc — t, t, 1t, ¾t, etc trailer — trlr transmission/tranny — trans weight (hitch) — wt wheels — whls NOTE: John Deere the company uses J.D. themselves, so “John Deere” and “J.D.” are acceptable RV’s, ATV’s/CYCLES, BOATS awning — awn fifth wheel — 5th whl fully self contained — fsc generator — gen motorhome — mh self contained — sc wheels — whls 4 wheeler — 4whlr, 3whlr four wheeler — 4whlr, 3whlr Harley Davidson — Harley HD — Harley aluminum — alum electric — elec Evinrude — Evin galvanized — galv # horse power — #hp # horse — #hp inboard — i/b inboard/outboard — i/o long shaft — ls Mercury (boats only) — Merc outboard — o/b outdrive — o/d short shaft — ss Animals # months old — #mos # years old — #yrs puppies — pups spayed — spay neutered — neut female — fm male — m up to date — utd Appliances/Furniture box spring — box California — Cal capacity — cap entertainment — ent queen — qu refrigerator — fridge wooden — wood Electronics Gigabyte — gb Gigahertz — ghz Hewlett-Packard — HP high definition — hd high def — hd high def tv — hdtv Mega bytes — mb Megapixels — mp Nintendo — Nin Play Station — PS Play Station 2 — PS2 Play Station 3 — PS3 Play Station 4 — PS4 TV — tv VCR — vcr Windows 98 — Win98 Xbox 360 — Xbox360 Xbox One — XboxOne Employment experienced — exp’d hour — hr Full Time — F/T Part Time — P/T references — ref’s required — req’d week — wk year — yr Garage Sales Time example: — 8a-5p Days — Fri-Sun Dates (if needed) — 3rd-4th Highway — Hwy Roads — Rd, Ave, Blvd, St, etc… Multiple — Multi Real Estate, Mobiles, Rentals $00 per month — $00/mo $00 deposit — $00/dep # bathrooms — #ba # bedrooms — #bdr apartment — apt double — dbl double wide — dbl for sale by owner — FSBO manufactured — mfg mobilehome — mobile no drugs — n/d no pets — n/p no smoking — n/s owner may carry — omc owner will carry — owc single wide — single take over payments — t.o.p. washer/dryer hook-ups — w/d hk-ups water/sewer/garbage paid — w/s/g pd Sporting Goods Ammunition — Ammo Bicycle — Bike Camouflage — Camo magnum — mag mountain — mtn Remmington — Rem Winchester — Win Cities Bandon — bd Brookings/Harbor — b/h Charleston — charl Coos Bay — cb Coquille — cq Crescent City, CA — cc Drain/Elkton/Scottsburg — hwy38 Florence — fl Gardiner — gar Gold Beach — gb Hauser — hau Langlois — lg Lakeside — lksd Mapleton — ma Myrtle Point — mp North Bend — nb Port Orford — po Powers — pw Roseburg — rsbg Reedsport — rdspt Remote — rm Winchester Bay — wb NOTE On Cities: At the end of the phone number designating which general area the ad is from, the abbreviation will be lower case. In the body of an ad when the city is needed it will still be abbreviated, but it will be in caps. Some categories are now separated by location.














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DeEsta Kuehn

Classified Sales & Classified Manager

DeEsta Kuehn 22 years in the community, 20 years as a sales agent, and 19 years as the Classified Department Manager for The South Coast Shopper.


Katrina Smith

Classified Sales

Katrina Smith, a Coos County native, 2 years as a sales agent for the South Coast Shopper.


Amanda Palmer

Display Advertising Sales

Amanda has resided 10 years in the community, with 6 years sales and marketing experience.


Sharon Ballard

Display Advertising Sales

Sharon has been a southern Oregon coast resident for 3 years with 20 years of experience in sales and marketing.


Britney Gordon

Office Manager & Bookkeeper

Britney Gordon, is a Coos County native, 1 year as Co-Office Manager, 10 years as Office Secretary for The South Coast Shopper, and has been Assistant Manager for the Classified Department for 3 years.