Lincoln City Oregon: Cutler City

Lincoln City Cutler City Oregon

This is the fourth article in our series regarding the roots of Lincoln City. This article focuses on Cutler City, one of the five original communities of Lincoln City, each with an interesting past.

The Early Days

The Dawes Act of 1887 opened up the Oregon coast to settlers. It provided acreages to new colonists and Siletz tribal members. The promise of free land drew people to the area, but getting there was another matter.

North Lincoln County homesteaders used the old Salmon River route to travel in the area, but it was little more than a trail. It followed the Salmon River, rocky slopes and passed through very deep forest. The abundance of timber and the access to the river made it the ideal spot for the lumber industry, but the road was barely passable and only during the dry seasons of the year. It was hardly an attractive prospect for settlers traveling with all their worldly possessions.

Nonetheless, settlers did arrive. The first non-natives came to Drift Creek in 1896, and by 1905 the first sawmill appeared. Even after many road improvements, the area was still almost inaccessible. You could reach it on horseback, by boat, or by wading across the water at low tide. A swinging foot bridge across Schooner Creek improved access by 1911.

The Cutlers from Dallas, Oregon were the first to purchase land in the area and by 1913 the Lincoln County Court approved the Cutler City town site. Within the next decade, a dairy also appeared near Drift Creek, but the lack of a passable road limited the population. This all changed with the completion of the Roosevelt Military Highway in 1927, linking all Oregon coast cities.

The Automobile Boom

The area was suddenly connected to the surge of automobiles traveling on the newly built highway. Automobile camping soared during the 20’s and by 1930 the town had the official name Cutler City, an archway at its entrance, and its own auto park with picturesque cottages.

Cutler City became known for its stunning rhododendrons and the ideal getaway for a vacation. Consequently, vacation cottages sprang up with picturesque views and quaint gardens. The town progressed slowly through the Great Depression, bringing new residents and new businesses to the area.

The start of World War II brought development to a standstill. Gasoline shortages and blackouts quashed the tourist industry and any events designed to entice people to the area. However, the lumber industry continued to flourish due to the need for timber throughout the war.

Post-War Development

The end of World War II triggered an economic boom in the U.S., and Cutler City came to life again. The population doubled and many new businesses appeared. Cutler City was less affluent than many other towns, but it had a strong, proud, independent working class community.

When discussions began regarding amalgamating Oceanlake, Taft, Nelscott, Delake, and Cutler City residents were reluctant and skeptical. When the proposal final won approval in 1965, Cutler City’s vote was only 73 yes and 69 no, hardly a landslide. Regardless, Cutler City became Lincoln City along with the other communities.

Cutler City Today

Old Cutler City lies between Schooner and Drift Creeks. It is primarily residential, but a few notable historic buildings still stand. The Cutler City Tavern (photo courtesy North Lincoln County Historical Museum) is now the Bay House and the Kangas Brothers Dairy Barn still echo Cutler City’s early days, although they’ve undergone renovations. You’ll also find antique shops, an art gallery, and the relaxing Josephine Young Memorial Park if you need to unwind.

If you’re interested in exploring historic Cutler City, why not stay in a comfortable Lincoln City beach rental with stunning ocean views and high-end amenities. These well-appointed condominiums offer stunning ocean views and high-end amenities including HDTV, wireless internet, an exercise room, a heated indoor pool and a games room, just to name a few.

Lincoln City Oregon: Taft District

lincoln city taft district cottages and archway

Lincoln City was originally five separate communities. This is the third in our series focusing on one of these – Taft. Discover its fascinating past and why it makes Lincoln City such an interesting place to visit today.

Early Settlement

European immigrants appeared in the area in 1894 when North Lincoln County allowed settlement. It began as a small trading and social center for homesteaders living in the isolated area. Homesteaders often traveled by water to patronize the waterfront stores.

Allotments ran along the north end of Siletz Bay that bordered the open ocean, now 49th and 51st streets. The waterfront eventually earned the nickname “Taft Flat”, and was a popular place for get-togethers and camping.

To say the village grew slowly would be an understatement. By 1904, there was only one house and commercial ventures. In 1906, Taft earned its official name with the addition of a post office honoring President William Howard Taft, Theodore Roosevelt’s secretary of war. Retail, the post office, and fishing and logging were the only noteworthy concerns in the area for the primarily Finnish residents.

Economic Boom

This small settlement nestled on the floodplains of Schooner and Drift Creeks grew very slowly until the Roosevelt Military Highway (Highway 101) opened in the 1926. It opened the area to tourism and linked once remote communities along the Oregon Coast.

Almost overnight, everything changed. Trade moved away from the waterfront to the highway to accommodate automobile traffic. A covered bridge at Schooner Creek welcomed motorists to Taft from the north. Promoters advertised Taft as the ideal destination for a holiday and a picturesque place for a vacation home. A small economic boom ensued and the once sleepy town became a resort community for motorists.

In 1949, Taft officially became a city with a population of 498. However, the city teemed with tourists and lodging to accommodate them. The first was The Pines Hotel with a ballroom and restaurant. Later, 91 tourist cabins and two trailer courts joined the ranks on or near the waterfront.

A few of the cabins can still be seen in the southern end of Lincoln City. However, most cabins disappeared when hotels and state campgrounds appeared in the area.

Incorporation as Lincoln City

Today, the Taft archway adorned with Dungeness crabs marks the entrance to this historic waterfront area. Taft, along with 4 other districts became Lincoln City in 1965. The business district remains, with art studios, coffee and pastry shops, restaurants, and shopping. It is still a popular tourist destination, because it offers unparalleled Oregon Coast beaches, surfing, and pristine tidal pools and wildlife. The oceanfront is ideal for whale watching, digging for clams, or trapping crab.


Some of the historic buildings still stand in the area. If you’re interested in exploring historic Taft, why not stay in a comfortable Lincoln City oceanfront rental with stunning ocean views and high-end amenities. These well-appointed condominiums offer space and comfort at a very affordable price.

Lincoln City Oregon: Delake District

Lincoln City Delake D River Delake School

This is the second in our series regarding the roots of Lincoln City. This article focuses on Delake, one of the five original communities of Lincoln City, each with an interesting past.

Delake was one of the towns that sprung up after the Dawes Act in 1887 offered eighty-acre allotments to Native Americans and settlers. By 1924 Delake had a post office and a general store. The Roosevelt Highway opened in 1926 making it easier for people to reach the town and the population grew quickly.

D River

You know you’re in what was once Delake when you see the “D” River. Guinness World Records recognizes it as the shortest river in the world, but its state recreation site is one of the busiest on the Oregon Coast. Its home to the spectacular, world-class Lincoln City Kite Festival scheduled for June 24th and June 25th this year. Competitors from around the globe show off their creations and skill, but anyone can join in if they register.

Delake School

The official boundary of Delake is actually seven blocks south of the river, where you’ll find the Delake School seen in the photo (courtesy North Lincoln County Historical Museum). The Lincoln Cultural Center operates there now, but when the school was completed in 1929 it was the first in the town center. It accommodated the many grade school students in the rapidly growing community. Before it was built, many students walked up to four miles to attend classes. Today, you can take an art class, what a magic show, or enjoy a special event in the facility.

Old Delake bustles with tourists now and offers modern amenities. However, the miles of sandy beaches and the sense of community remain. It’s still a great place to grab a burger, chat with a local, and experience the glory of the Oregon Coast.

Lincoln City has much to offer, including many snippets of Oregon’s colorful past. Its oceanfront is also the ideal place to watch the grey whale migration, trap a Dungeness crab, or dig for razor clams. The city offers incredibly fresh seafood, microbreweries and wineries, and untouched wildlife reserves too. If you like to fish, steelhead, bass, sturgeon, and trout abound so you won’t leave empty-handed. Of course, the kids can explore the tidal pools, visit an arcade, or check out a movie at the local theater.

If you’re interested in exploring the area, why not stay in one of our Lincoln City oceanfront rentals? They’re affordable and offer all the comforts of home while you explore Lincoln City and its charms. Rentals include stunning ocean views and high-end amenities including HDTV, wireless internet, an exercise room, a heated indoor pool and a games room, just to name a few. Why stay in a stuffy, pricey hotel when you can stay in a spacious, well-appointed condominium instead?

Lincoln City Oregon: Oceanlake District

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Lincoln City Oregon has a diverse history, particularly since it is the amalgamation of 5 small towns. It now stretches along the Pacific Coast Highway for about 8 miles. However, this area was home to the Siletz band, rugged, and relatively untouched in the past.

Settlement began when fisherman came to the area for the prolific salmon stocks. Homesteaders followed soon after as the Dawes Act in 1887 offered eighty acre allotments to Native Americans and settlers. Consequently, many people began to populate the coast to forge new communities.

By 1926, the completed Roosevelt Highway provided a passable roadway between Taft and Newport, Oregon. These were very isolated areas until that time, but the new road made it much more accessible. Eventually, the Roosevelt Highway became part of coastal Highway 101, bridging the Washington, Oregon, and California coastlines.

The Beginnings of Oceanlake

Records indicate the name of one town became “Oceanlake” due to its position between Devil’s Lake and the Pacific Ocean. Apparently, they hadn’t needed a name until the post office opened in 1926.

Oceanlake, along with Delake, Taft and the communities of Cutler City and Nelscott united to become Lincoln City in 1965. Today, officials refer to the original communities as the “String of Pearls”. Each retains its brilliance and unique characteristics.

Oceanlake Today

Oceanlake did not become a city until 1945, and it is now the principle shopping district and business region of Lincoln City. Its urban renewal project widened the highway and tucked utility wires away, but it still retains its small town charm. The Oceanlake arch with sand dollars on each side marks the entrance to the area.

The snapshot from the North Lincoln County Historical Museum archives shows the old Lakeside Theater. Today, it is the Bijou theater showing classic films, befitting its Art Deco architecture and roots.

Before the antique and gift shops and a 50’s-style ice cream parlor with memorabilia, you’ll find Oceanlake sidewalks adorned with 65 artistic glass inlays. You’ll also find a statue of Abraham Lincoln here and the colonial-style Dorchester House, completed in 1935. It is on the National Register of Historic Places. It was home to the oldest annual political conferences in the nation.

Oceanlake and Lincoln City have much more to offer. No matter what time of the year you choose to visit, the Oregon Coast is an ideal holiday location. You can watch grey whales, go crabbing for Dungeness crab, or hire a boat for some incredible fishing. The restaurants offer fresh local fare and world-class chefs and you’ll find many microbreweries in the area too.

If you’re itching to explore, why not stay in one of our Lincoln City beach rentals? They’re the ideal spot to use as a comfortable, affordable home base while you explore Oceanlake and everything it has to offer. Rentals include stunning ocean views and high-end amenities including HDTV, wireless internet, an exercise room, a heated indoor pool and a games room, just to name a few. Why stay in a stuffy, pricey hotel when you can stay in a spacious, well-appointed condominium instead?

7 Interesting 2017 Oregon Coast Events

Oregon Coast events are diverse and fun. Of course, there are whales, spectacular scenery, and panoramic views of the Pacific, but you’ll also find the unusual. You’ll discover Oregonians love art, culture, food, and healthy activities too. Here are a few worth checking out.

Sitka Centre Artists

Jan 7 & Jan 25

The Sitka Center hosts up to 20 residents annually of all levels, across the U.S., and from other countries too. Residents stay on campus for 3 1/2 months to push through creative boundaries and chase artistic pursuits. Sitka offers artists an opportunity to work undisturbed without the distractions of daily life.

On January 7th and January 25th, you can attend presentations from artists ending and beginning the program, view their work, and listen to what drives them to create. Nestled in the forest near the Cascade Head and Salmon River estuary, a visit to the centre refreshes and inspires. Admission is free.

Artistry In Wood Show & Sale

Jan 14-Jan 15

This 25-year old event features free woodcarving demos and lectures for adults and kids. It features woodcarving, intarsia (inlaid wood), wood turning, and more and admission is free. It’s hosted in the Chinook Winds Casino Resort.

Yachats Agate Festival and Gem-Mineral-Fossil Show

Jan 14-Jan 15

Oregon Coast events are for the entire family. Do you have a rock you can’t identify? Bring it to the Yachats Agate Festival and ask the Roc Doc. Learn about fossils in the area, and bring the kids – they can dig for agates in a sandbox and take them home. Don’t stay in crowded hotel room while you’re here. Stay in one of our Oregon beach rentals, use it has your home base, and then explore the area.


Feb 04

Oregon events are about music too. Support local musicians with this annual fundraiser in the Salishan Spa & Golf Resort. This year’s event features high energy 3 Leg Torso from Portland, a favorite world chamber music ensemble. Influenced by tango, Eastern European folk and other world music traditions, their cosmopolitan musical style embraces wit and humor within thoughtful, uncommon and beautiful musical arrangements. Funds go towards the Siletz Bay Musical Festival.

Florence Crab Crack

Feb 04

Oregon events are about food, food, food! It is crab season on the Oregon Coast, so why not enjoy fresh seafood and support local food pantries? Enjoy Oregon Coast crab along with pasta, coleslaw, garlic bread, sodas, coffee and dessert.

Antique Week

Feb 11-Feb 20

You may not think about Oregon as a typical place to find antique treasures – but it is! Lincoln City and the surrounding areas offer untapped reservoirs of old finds and plenty of shops to explore. Antique week offers an opportunity to peruse the shops using a map so you don’t miss out on anything.

Cannon Beach Yoga Festival

Feb 24-Feb 27

Oregon coast events are healthy. Visit Cannon Beach, home to the iconic Haystack Rock, and partake in a weekend of yoga, meditation, music, health & wellness treatments, and festivities with world-class instructors. Choose one event, or buy a pass for the entire weekend.


Oregon Coast events are interesting, fun, and diverse. Stay in one of our Oregon beach rentals while you’re in the area instead of a stuffy hotel. They offer the comforts of home and affordability.

Celebrate the New Year on the Oregon Coast

Beachfront Rentals for Winter Whale Watch Week

Oregon Coast

Dec 27-Dec 31

Beachfront rentals are the ideal choice to view the annual whale migration on the Oregon Coast. From mid-December through mid-January over 20,000 gray whales pass by the area. With 24 sites and trained volunteers at each you can see and learn about these fabulous creatures. You can check the specifics at

New Year’s Eve with the Lincoln Pops

Lincoln City

Dec 31

It’s almost time to usher in the New Year, so why not do it in style. New Year’s Eve join the 25-piece Lincoln Pops Orchestra for an evening featuring the best of Big Band dance music. The evening includes all a champagne toast, appetizers and party favors.

“Sea of Lights” at the Oregon Coast Aquarium


Dec 30 – 31

The Oregon Coast Museum puts on a spectacular display of lights for the holiday season that you don’t want to miss. With over half a million lights, fascinating exhibits, and an opportunity to dive the aquarium it’s a stop you don’t want to miss. Bring the entire family and end the year on a fun and interesting note.

New Year’s Glass Drop

Lincoln City

Dec 31, 2016 – Jan 02, 2017

This exciting yearly event wraps up on January 2nd and it’s a great way to get everyone on the beach to explore. Bring the family and search for one of the 100 spectacular hand blown glass floats hidden along the public beach in Lincoln City.

Volunteers stash these beautiful objects throughout the day and if you find one, it’s yours to keep. Every float is unique, but the hunt is half the fun. Stay in a Lincoln City vacation rental, walk steps to the beach, and get in on the fun.

Saturday Morning Cinema

Lincoln City

Dec 31

Lincoln City’s art deco Bijou Theatre features the Kennel Murder Case (1933) at 11 AM. Admission is only $2 for this William Powell murder mystery, and the theatre is the ideal location. Take a few hours and escape into a time gone by.

New Year’s Peace Walk


Jan 01

Start the New Year with a 6-mile walk in Yachats (pronounced YAH-hots). The name comes from the Chinook Indian word, Yahuts, meaning “dark waters at the foot of the mountain.”

This picturesque town nestled between the mountains and Pacific Ocean is the perfect place to take a stroll. After the walk, the group will offer blessings for the New Year and can take a shuttle back for refreshments. Head back to one of our beachfront rentals and relax.

Beachcombing Clinic

Lincoln City

January 2, 2017

Love the beach and want to know more about it? Visit Lincoln City and stay in a beachfront rental so you’re right there. Then join this guided clinic to learn about the treasures that lie on the Oregon Coast shores. This two-hour clinic will help you identify agate, jasper, amber and other local rocks and minerals as well as fossils or petrified wood you may find on the beach.


The Oregon Coast has plenty to offer for the New Year. Celebrate in comfort in one of our Oregon beach rentals. They’re the ideal spot to view the gray whale migration, check out events, and enjoy panoramic views of the Pacific. Why stay in a stuffy hotel when you can enjoy all the conveniences of home and an affordable price?

Oregon Coast Vacation Homes Ideal For Holidays

Oregon Coast vacation homes open up a new way to spend your holiday, with many advantages over hotels. Many offer beachfront rentals so you can take in the breathtaking landscapes of the Oregon Coast and access Highway 101 easily to explore with ease.

Most Scenic Byways in America

If you really want to see Oregon, explore their scenic byways. You can drive or cycle these meandering Pacific Coast roads. You’ll see tide pools, waterfalls, lighthouses, shipwrecks and unusual natural phenomena such as the Devil’s Punch Bowl and the largest expanse of coastal sand dunes in America.

With 363 miles of coastline, there’s plenty to explore so renting Oregon Coast vacation homes makes perfect sense. When you choose a well-equipped condo as home base you can set out on day trips, discover unique eateries, eclectic shops, and countless activities along the way.

Fabulous Food & Drink

When you’re holidaying in Oregon, expect a warm welcome and an appreciation of fresh food and tasty drinks. The local Dungeness crab, salmon, Albacore tuna and oysters rate among the world’s best and in many locations you can catch them yourself. Otherwise, the local seafood markets brim with the catch of the day, ready for you to enjoy.

There are also 172 microbreweries in Oregon including many on the coast. If you love coffee, you’ll be pleased to know a huge coffee culture exists here too.

Untouched Beaches

If you crave a quiet beach without throngs of tourists, Oregon definitely delivers. The Oregon Coast has dozens of pristine beaches, and they are all open to the public. Haystack Rock at Cannon Beach is so amazing National Geographic rated it one of the 100 most beautiful places in the world!

Beachfront rentals provide an unobstructed view of the Pacific, where you can often spot grey whales during their migration. Many times you can view miles and miles of sand without seeing another soul.

Plenty of Eco Activities

The Oregon Coast offers six wildlife refuges also harbor sea lions, seals, octopi, and countless other marine species. You can explore rocky tide pools packed with crab, anemone and starfish. If you want explore the ecology in-depth, many museums dot the coast with amazing exhibits. Private tours also exist so you can see creatures in their natural habitat and understand the conservation measures used to protect them.

Oregonians celebrate the sand, sea and wind and offer activities such as crabbing, kiting, and exploring miles of sand dunes too.

No Sales Tax

With the economy the way it is, every penny counts. Luckily for Oregon vacationers, you don’t pay sales tax which saves you plenty, especially on a family vacation. When you pay for goods or services, you pay precisely what it costs and not a penny more.

Oregon Coast Vacation Homes

Nothing beats a holiday in a place you can call home. You can bring friends and family, buy local wine, seafood, and produce and relax in a large space, instead of a cramped hotel room.

Beachfront rentals offer easy access to the ocean and fully-equipped condos. No need to pack suitcases every time you want to explore. Just rent in the Lincoln City or Depoe Bay areas and venture out as you please.

If you’re traveling with young children, you already know how challenging it can be. With a space you can call your own the kids can snack, nap, play games and watch television. You also have access to building amenities such as a games room, pool or gym. You can’t beat beachfront rentals for convenience, fun, and economy.

Oregon Coast Halloween Happenings

An Oregon Coast Halloween hops so be sure to get in on some of the fun if you’re in the area. There’s plenty of jack-o-lanterns, scary monsters, ghostly apparitions, and fun from one end of the coast to the other.

Nightmare Factory

Salem – October 28 – 31

This Oregon Coast Halloween haunted house has scared visitors for 27 years and they go all out. They use strobe lights, fog machines and staff in costumes for plenty of frights. If you want an even scarier adventure, try Pitch Black and navigate with just a glow stick. General admission is $15.

Scare-CROW Haunted Maze

Florence – October 28 – 31

This Oregon Coast Halloween attraction is not for the faint of heart or small children. The cash entry fee of $5 supports local youth theater. You’ll wind through the maze to find ghouls, monsters, and fiendish surprises. Prepare to be startled and have fun!

Annual Downtown Safe Trick or Treat

Coos Bay – October 29

Kids can treat or treat safely on the streets of downtown Coos Bay from 3pm on. Participating merchants display a giant pumpkin poster in their window, or pick up a list from the Coos Bay Fire Department.

Boo’s, Blues & Brews

Seaside – October 29

Get an early start in Seaside on the 29th with Boo’s, Blues & Brews, sponsored by the Seaside Downtown Development Association. Your spectacular costume and two cans of food are all you need to partake in the evening’s fun. Enjoy comedy and juggling while listening to live blues music, and stick around for the costume contest. Don’t miss the BBQ pulled pork dinner either!

Halloween Happenin’s

Seaside – October 28 – 31

This weekend of fun includes family activities throughout downtown Seaside. Kids can make crafts, get their face painted or choose an airbrush tattoo, or decorate a pumpkin. Listen to spooky tales or check out the aquatic touch tank. Bring along your pet and enter them in the costume contest and parade on the 30th. Don’t forget trick or treating on the 31st along with a children’s costume contest with prizes.

Black & Boo Ball

Lincoln City – October 29th

Oregon Coast Halloween includes a free costume party for adults at the Chinook Winds Convention Center in Lincoln City. It features prizes for costumes, a DJ from 9 PM – 1:30 AM, and a no-host bar.


Lincoln City – October 29

Lincoln city’s vintage movie theater presents an Alfred Hitchcock classic, Murder, on Saturday the 29th. This early Hitchcock thriller delves into a juror’s personal investigation into a murder after her friend’s conviction. This Halloween event is only $2.

Trick or Treat Off the Street

Lincoln City – October 31

If you have small children bring them to the Lincoln City Outlets between 5 and 7pm to treat or treat in a safe, central location. Participating merchants will be sure to delight the wee ones and you’ll save your feet.

Witches of Depoe Bay

Depoe Bay – October 31

Depoe Bay buzzes with life on Halloween night, particularly at the community center. There are games, food and fun and kids can trick or treat around town too.

Oregon Coast Ghost Towns Worth Visiting

The Oregon Coast has many ghost towns and Oregon has the most in the country. Pioneers poured into the area during the late 19th century for logging, fishing and mining, but not all towns survived.

As the area grew, settlers soon discovered that not all towns met their needs. Here are three Oregon Coast ghost towns that offer a taste of a lifestyle gone by and worthy of a visit.

Old Kernville

There are actually two Kernvilles – the old and the new. Nestled just outside Newport, old Kernville still has many buildings that echo times gone by when fishing and lumber defined the town.

The Kern brothers built a cannery on the Siletz River and settlers built a sawmill on the opposite side of the river. During World War I, the war effort demanded milled spruce for airplanes.

Unfortunately, the road on the cannery side of the river turned into a quagmire during the wet winter season. By 1926, the area had a new bridge and residents and machinery moved to the other side of the river, leaving the old settlement behind for good.


Mabel is near Eugene, Oregon and it has many buildings you can see. Pioneers settled in the area in 1890, because of the large stands of Douglas fir. They built a sawmill on Shotgun Creek and within 7 years the town was the third largest in Oregon so they also needed a post office. “Mabel” was the daughter of the postmaster. The town also had enough children to merit a school.

Mabel thrived during World War I because of the demand for lumber. However, by 1957 the post office closed and the residents used the school as a grange for farmers to sell their goods. You can visit the structure which retains the heavy wood panelling and wood stoves. It’s easily accessible and free to visit.


Technically, Chitwood isn’t a true ghost town – it does have a few residents. Driving from Corvallis to Newport, you’ll see one of the finest examples of a covered bridge in the area and a true “feel” of what it was like to like in the area in the late 1800’s.

It’s heavily wooded and close to the Pacific Ocean. When the town began, it grew quickly. They built a school, and the Corvallis and Eastern and later the Southern Pacific railroads stopped there. It was a vital hub for the area, moving goods and passengers along the Oregon Coast.

However, things changed when a new road shortened the distance to the coast. The train stopped, automobiles took over and people began to drive the new road to the coast instead. Once the train stopped, Chitwood faded.

The Chitwood Covered Bridge still stands, and it’s on the National Registry of Historic Places. However, the grocery store burnt down, they tore down the train station, and the general store feel into disrepair. The bridge sits on private land, but the public can access it freely.


Countless ghost towns exist in Oregon and these are just three on the coast. If you love history and adventure, use one of our scenic coastal vacation homes as a starting point to scour the entire area.

Why stay in a stuffy hotel when you can enjoy panoramic views of the Pacific, all the conveniences of home, and an affordable price?

The Legacy of Oregon Coast Covered Bridges

Oregon Coast covered bridges are examples of a remarkable pioneer engineering feat. Cover bridges existed in Europe, but we built longer, more elegant and well-engineered structures.

In the late 18th and early 19th century, people travelled many miles to see them, write about them, and sketch them. These iconic structures still draw visitors from around the globe, because they’re truly unique and demonstrate the ingenuity and fortitude of early American settlers.

Once, about 10,000 covered bridges existed in America and around 600 in Oregon. Today, only 800 remain nationwide, and 51 still stand in Oregon. You can visit 5 of these covered bridges when you visit the scenic Oregon Coast.

The earliest Oregon covered bridges are from the 1850s, but most sprung up between 1905 and 1925. Builders used the abundant Douglas fir of the area because its long spans suited bridge construction. Covering the bridges protected them from rot from the wet Oregon climate.

In other parts of the country, the covered bridge fell aside when builders started to use iron in the 1860s and ’70s. By the 1920s and 1930s, most bridges were concrete and steel. These three covered wooden bridges bucked the trends and are available to view on the Oregon coast today.

Chitwood Bridge

You can find the Chitwood Bridge 17 miles east of Newport on Highway 20. You’d never know that Chitwood was once a bustling town with stores, homes, a post office, a dance hall and a railway station. Steam locomotives used to stop here on their trip from Yaquina to Corvallis to take on passengers, freight, water and fuel. Today it is a ghost town.

The 96 foot covered bridge was built in 1926 and restored under the federal National Historic Covered Bridge Preservation Program and Lincoln County in 2014. The bridge now has a new roof and siding and a new coat of bright red paint. The restoration also included extensive structural repairs.

Drift Creek

The Drift Creek Bridge has a colorful history. It was built in 1914, just south of Lincoln City. Even though officials designated it a historical memorial to the Lincoln County pioneers, it fell into disrepair. It was eventually condemned and dismantled in 1997. The County gave the timbers to a local family who own land only eight miles to the north of the original site.

Today the resurrected covered bridge frame stands in a beautiful, park-like setting on private land. The property owners granted an ongoing public easement for heritage purposes. The bridge belongs to the county, but the property owners maintain the bridge. You can access it through Bear Creek Road off Hwy. 18.

Yachats Bridge

The Yachats Bridge spans the North Fork River. It was built in 1938 and rehabilitated in 1989. It also has an interesting history. First, the community removed the roof to allow a mobile home into the area in the 1980s. Later, a fuel truck crashed through a bridge approach. The 1989 rehabilitation included replacing the weakened approaches as well as trusses, siding and the roof.

Currently, plans are in the works to rehabilitate the bridge again through the National Historic Covered Bridge Preservation Program. Once completed, the $665,000 plus project will include replacing key components, siding, rail, and paint. The bridge is 7 miles east of Yachats River Road and then 1.5 miles north on N Yachats River Road.


If you’re interested in covered bridge, two more exist at Five Rivers and Sandy Creek. There’s no need to stay in stuffy hotels while you explore these architectural marvels. Our well-appointed Lincoln City and Depoe Bay condos offer ocean views, affordability, and convenience as you explore the Oregon Coast and its heritage treasures.