History of Myrtle Point
Myrtle Point is a small community of 2700 people located in
just to the south of the forks of the Coquille River in the
Coquille Valley. Originally settled in the early 1860's, the
town had its greatest insurge of development after the
arrival of the railroad in 1893. It was the center of 5 postal
routes and the terminus of the railroad. The town had high
hopes that the railroad would be connected with
the Southern Pacific Railroad in Roseburg - a hope that many
still would like to see today.
With the prosperity that the railroad brought, older settlers who had started
donation land claims built new, modest homes in the growing town. Often these same
people tried their hand at business ventures and many were successful.
Many of the families still remain in the area and see their homes as family
heirloooms. As a result, many of the historic homes and buildings still remain today,
much the same as they were when they were originally built. The Heritage
Tour will allow you to see many of these homes and businesses.