DescriptionFounded in the 1860s on the South Fork Coquille River, Myrtle Point is a former logging town named for the large number of myrtle trees that thrive in the area's mild, moist climate. The broadleaf evergreen, which ranges from the Coast Range south through the Siskiyou Mountains into western California, has a strong camphor scent and is prized for the beautiful grain of its wood. Many large specimens of this handsome tree grow in town, and a grove of myrtle trees can be seen at Hoffman Memorial State Wayside, just east on SR 42.
You can see items made of myrtlewood at the Coos County Logging Museum, 705 Maple St., which houses displays of the forest products industry; phone (541) 572-1014. The walls of Sts. Ann & Michael Catholic Church, 209 Second St., are paneled with myrtlewood.