Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Nye Beach Stroll

This is the street leading to the beach. It is lined with restaurants, shops and pretty flower boxes.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Nye Beach

Nye Beach, historically, is one of the finest vacation spots on the Oregon Coast. For over 100 years, people from Portland and the Willamette Valley have been coming to this favorite place to seek solace in and alongside the waters of the Pacific Ocean.

In times past, cottages were built where women and children would spend their summers while the men of the families would join them for the weekend excursions at the beautiful expansive Nye Creek. In 1891, a boardwalk was built connecting the areas of Nye Creek and the Newport Bayfront. This boardwalk was replaced by a road two years later.

Nye Beach from early on became a popular area for summer college classes which were held in a specially-built auditorium. In 1902, Dr. Minthorn (stepfather of President Herbert Hoover) built a sanitarium east of what is now the Sylvia Beach Hotel. In this sanitarium, hot sea water baths were available, as well as small dressing rooms which were used for changing into street clothes after cavorting in the surf.

A favorite place in Nye Beach during the first half of the century was the Natatorium. The first one burned, but a second building was constructed housing a swimming pool and dance hall. A movie theatre and bowling alley were close-by. This structure was on the grounds now used at the plenty of free parking area of the Nye Beach Turnaround.

During WWII, patriots carrying rifles and using dogs patrolled the beach area to keep the country safe from invasion.

A place to escape from the trials of the day has always been a secret of Nye Beach. Today, as a century ago, this colorful seaside community provides the same charm and beauty in a warm, friendly village of shops, services, guest accommodations and which also features a clear, near activist focus on the arts.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

A Quiet Place

This is the small brook which is near the entrance of the Oregon Coast Aquarium in Newport, OR.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Oregon Coast with Heceta Head in the Distance

Another beautiful day on the Oregon Coast

THE LIGHT has been on for more than a century. The U.S. Lighthouse Service lit the wick of the original coal oil (kerosene) lamp on March 30, 1894. That light, produced by five concentric wicks and magnified by a 392-prism British-made Fresnel lens, equaled 80,000 candle power. Its visibility, 21 miles from shore, is limited only by the curvature of the earth.

The Light Keepers had a difficult task trying to keep the light flashing once every minute from sunset to sunrise. They had to manually wind the clock; and in order to keep the wicks burning, they had to haul coal oil from the fuel houses up the tower. Then there was always soot on the lens of the lamp to clean off.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Along the Oregon Coast

Oregon Coast Day Trip

Up scenic Coastal Hwy 101 to Newport area - Yaquina Bay and Yaquina Head Lighthouses. Maybe see Oregon Coast Aquarium. Lunch at Georgie's Beachside Grill restaurant in Newport - great view of Newport Oregon Beaches. Check out Cape Perpetua Scenic area and spectacular Views of Coast and Pacific Ocean south of Yachats . Do guided nature walk if have time. Catch a beautiful Oregon Coast Picture Sunset.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Yaquina Bay Lighthouse

A number of people had wonderful expectations for Yaquina Bay and the Newport area. As a result, the Yaquina Bay Lighthouse was built to begin the expected migration of settlers into this fertile land. The lighthouse was lit for the first time on November 3, 1871. It is the only existing Oregon lighthouse with the living quarters attached, and the only historic wooden Oregon lighthouse still standing. The Yaquina Bay Lighthouse is listed in the National Register of Historic PlacesBoth before and after the completion of the Yaquina Bay Lighthouse people argued over where the lighthouse should have been built. As a result, the Yaquina Head Lighthouse was built just two years later. Then, just one year after that, on October 1, 1874, Yaquina Bay's light was extinguished.

Because of the short amount of time that this lighthouse was in operation, there are few stories to tell. However, there is a short Yaquina Bay Lighthouse story written by Lischen M. Miller that details a sea captain's daughter who was never to be seen again after entering the abandoned Yaquina Bay Lighthouse.

This story as well as the lighthouse's historical presence is what kept it alive through the years, as this house Yaquina Bay Lighthouse spent a number of decades in shambles. It wasn't until 1974 that Yaquina Bay Lighthouse was fully restored by the Oregon State Park Group. Today, visitors from all over visit this house. It is one of the few that are open all year, and can be viewed from the inside. Several of the rooms have memorabilia of Oregon's maritime past that are on loan from the Oregon Historical Society.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Gold Hill Historical Museum

Gold Hill Historical Museum
Historical Society was established on January 20, 1986 . The Gold Hill Historical Society Museum is housed in the Beeman-Martin house, which was built by Josiah and Hattie Beeman in 1901. Money from the Beeman’s operation of the Lucky Bart Mine built this fine Gold Hill home which featured the first indoor plumbing in the city. GHHS acquired this house in 1993. Many devoted volunteers spent five months refurbishing this historic building. The purpose of the society is to promote, preserve and interpret the rich history of Gold Hill and the surrounding area. The Museum hours are 12 - 4 Thursday through Saturday.

Oregon Coast with Heceta Head in the Distance

Heceta Head's light first shone in March of 1894, 205 feet above sea level and visible for over 21 miles. One thousand barrels of blasting powder were required to create a flat table on the rocky cliffs. Heceta remained an extremely isolated outpost until the 1930's when road crews arrived with their families and tents to construct Route 101, the Pacific Coast Highway.

The area is named for Captain Don Bruno de Heceta of the Spanish Royal Navy, an explorer whose expedition passed along the Oregon coast around 1775.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Waverly Cottage

Waverly Cottage
Waverly Cottage, also known as the Shone-Charley House, was constructed in 1895 by Joe Shone in the Queen Anne/Eastlake style. Shone was born in England in 1865, and arrived in Medford, Oregon in 1895 with a wife and two children. Designed by architect W. J. Bennet, the house is a remarkable example of complex design and elaborate embellishment. During the construction of his home, Joe managed the Barnum planing mill, and served as primary contractor for the Wilkinson-Swem Building in downtown Medford. Named Waverly Cottage by the Shones, the house was sold to William and Andromeda Charley in 1901.

Born in 1832 in Hursttown, Indiana, William Charley arrived in Jackson County with his wife and children in 1876. Upon retirement from raising cattle, the Charleys purchased the property, and the house remained in the Charley family until 1978.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Row upon Row

One last photo from our Del Rio Winery shoot

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Rock Point Hotel

Tasting Room as Seen from the Road
Del Rio began its existence as the small community of Rock Point, founded by J.B. White in the early 1850's. John fought in the Rogue Indian Wars from 1855-1856, serving under Captain William A. Wilkinson. In exchange for his services, he received land. He was appointed as a judge in the Dardanelles precinct in 1857 and two years later established the post office in Rock Point.

Joining the hotel, and the post office, were homes, Abram Schuly's blacksmith shop, Hoymond and White's store, a saloon and a school. The record books from the Stage Company verify the regular use of the Rock Point Hotel as a stage stop.