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As the sun shines, I bathe in its warmth. Letting the golden rays wash over me, I feel the sorrow leave my spirit. As I take in the sunshine, my heart overflows with happiness and peace that I haven’t felt in a while. My heart warms from the sun, filling my body with love. The love flows out from my heart and connects with the world.

I slept in this tall sand dune grass for hours and awoke a new. The sky is a little grainy, so sorry for that.

The location again is Gold Beach, Oregon. Such a beautiful coast line, like none I've seen before.

Before I forget, THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS!!

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The city of Gold Beach sits on the beautiful Southern Oregon Coast. The official population is just over 1900 people, but that number fluctuates between summer and winter.

Our climate is mild compared to much of Oregon, but if you like storm-watching, Gold Beach is the place to be during the Winter.

Our Summers are fairly mild as well, with ocean-side temperatures averaging mid to upper 60s, but all you have to do is head a few miles up the Rogue River to see warmer temperatures. Lots of fishing and camping to be had during the Summer and early Fall.

MISSION STATEMENT

The City of Gold Beach is dedicated to enhancing quality of life, while promoting health, safety, and welfare of our citizens, businesses, and visitors in the most fiscally responsible manner. In doing this, the City will respect the past, respond to current concerns, and plan for the future, while maintaining environmental sensitivity in our beach oriented community

History of Community

Miners dubbed their coastal settlement “Gold Beach” in the early 1850s when they discovered gold in the sands at the mouth of the Rogue River. Previously, the settlement had been known as Ellensburg, named after Ellen Tichenor, the daughter of a sea captain who founded the nearby city of Port Orford.

In the years 1855-56, miners and settlers from the Gold Beach area fought several battles against Native Americans of the region known as the Rogue River Indians. During battles, the settlers built a number of forts along the coast, including Fort Miner, about a mile and a half north of Gold Beach. At the end of 1856, the government forced Native Americans to resettle on reservations.

In 1858 Gold Beach became the county seat of Curry County.

In the long run, there wasn't enough gold around to keep the river of money flowing. The community survived mainly on income earned from Salmon fishing.

In 1876, R.D. Hume established a fish cannery in Gold Beach at the mouth of the Rogue River. The following year, he built a salmon hatchery to replace some of the native fish from the river. From this time on, fishing began to replace mining as the main economic activity in Gold Beach. Abundant supplies of salmon, as well as steelhead trout, shell fish, and sea urchins supported a prosperous commercial fishing industry.

Commercial fishing for salmon on the Rogue River increased after 1908. Shortly thereafter, the size of salmon runs decreased dramatically on the Rogue and other rivers throughout the Pacific Northwest due to over-fishing, drift netting, and timber harvest practices. Commercial fishing on the Rogue River ended in 1935.

Following the closure of commercial fishing, sport fishing in the area has become even more popular.

Eventually, timber harvesting grew to be Gold Beach’s largest industry until over harvesting and other factors contributed to a shortened supply of timber beginning in the early 1980s. In 1986 the local Champion plywood mill closed its operations. The US Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management own much of the remaining timber in the vicinity of Gold Beach. Increasingly stricter environmental regulations and other restrictions on the sale of public timber contributed to the closing of the remaining timber mills in Gold Beach.

The community’s natural resources continue to draw large numbers of tourists and sport fishermen to the area. Yearly festivals and events include America’s Wild Rivers Coast Seafood, Art and Wine Festival, Rogue River Salmon Derby Competition, Fisherman’s Fish Fry, and Clam Chowder Festival.

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