|Darling house in Coquille|
In all that traveling around southern Oregon, I got a chance to live in and experience a small town reminiscent of Andy Griffith's Mayberry. Coquille, Oregon sits on the slopes of the Coquille river valley, above Bandon and Coos Bay, the large towns in the area. Just up the road a piece is Myrtle Point, where the county has a fairgrounds. One afternoon, during a much needed break from painting, we drove over to see the exhibits and eat dinner.
|Rides at the County Fair|
The other big animal display area contained chickens. Hundreds of cages held one or two chickens each, and the noise was occasionally deafening. I'd never seen so many varieties of chicken except at the big NM State Fair.
Myrtle Point has a logging museum housed in an old domed Mormon church built in 1910. It was supposed to be a small version of the Mormon Tabernacle, but due to it's small size the acoustics were chaos. It didn't last long as a church. A recognizable landmark, it is the building for which the town is widely known.
Very cool model railroad housed
permanently in a building at the fairgrounds
Coquille and Myrtle Point would be lovely small towns to live in for a summer. They are so close to the coast and the cost of renting a furnished place so small compared to Bandon or Coos Bay. Plus it's just charming to live in a town where you can walk to everything, have a nice salmon meal in a good restaurant, shop in a health food store, and pick up good used clothing or even furniture at several second hand stores.