DescriptionThe bluffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean were first sighted in 1792 by Capt. George Vancouver, who named the area for England's Earl of Orford. Port Orford, settled in the 1850s, became a shipping center for cedar. While lumber is still an important resource, tourism, fishing and cranberry farming are the area's primary industries.
A natural deep-water port, Port Orford is Oregon's only coastal port that required few man-made adaptations. The fishing fleet is hoisted from the water onto a dry dock and stored on rolling cradles to escape the rough seas whipped up by southwesterly winds.
Geographically speaking, the town is said to be the westernmost incorporated city in the contiguous United States. Recreational opportunities include scuba diving, whale watching, fishing and crabbing. Humbug Mountain State Park, 6 mi. s. on US 101, offers camping, picnicking, hiking and fishing; phone (541) 332-6774.