|The Story behind Castaway by the Sea
Castaway by the Sea was first established in the mid 1940's offering accommodations to the timber and fishing industries. In 1952, the Castaway by the Sea Motel was established next door overlooking the Port of Port Orford. In 1974 the Motel grew in size and now offers thirteen oceanfront rooms ranging in size from two-story condo suites to standard guest rooms. The original Castaway by the Sea Lodge, located on 7.5 parklike, private acres, is now operated as a vacation rental and comfortably sleeps 10 people. The Castaway is known for its spectacular, unobstructed panoramic ocean views, large, clean rooms and quiet surroundings. The Castaway staff strives every day to make your experience one you'll never forget. And as many guests can tell you, once you stay you'll be back year after year.
|History of the Castaway Lodge (AKA) Old Port Authority Lodge
The grounds around the house are part of the southern portion of Captain William Tichenor’s Donation Land Claim. Captain Tichenor of San Francisco left nine men on Battle Rock in 1851 as an advance party to found a town. The men made a gallant stand on Battle Rock before being routed by Native Americans in the historic “Battle of Battle Rock.” This property sits on the grounds of Fort Orford, established in 1851 to facilitate settlement of the Southern Oregon Coast and serve as a U.S. Army garrison during the Rogue Indian War. Five officers stationed at the Fort became generals and gained notoriety in the Civil War.
In 1935, The Trans-Pacific and Port Orford Dock and Terminal Company erected the lodge as their main office. The lodge was built by Gilbert Gable, a promoter who came to Curry County in 1933 after a varied career in publicity, motion pictures, exploration and radio broadcasting. The building served as the headquarters for Gable’s “Gold Coast” empire, a commercial lumber milling and shipping operation. Mr. Gable purchased the wharf site from the Port Commission and built a dock facility, that rapidly disintegrated under the brunt of winter storms.
During World War II, the U.S. Coast Guard took over the building for communications. Dog Kennels were constructed to house “war dogs” for beach surveillance. In 1948, Colonel Preston Rohner, a retired army officer, purchased the building and operated it as the “Castaway Lodge” and dinner house. The chimneys to the west surround the main reception area of the original lodge and the east wing was converted to his private residence. Colonel Rohner’s private residence is once again operated as the “Castaway Lodge” and is used as a Vacation Home.
|An Historic Glimpse of Port Orford
Port Orford is the oldest townsite on the Oregon coast and the western most city in the contiguous United States. Port Orford was first settled in 1851 and soon became a booming logging town. Port Orford was known for its beautiful native wood, Port Orford Cedar. This world famous wood was transported via ships to rebuild San Francisco after the 1906 fire. Today, Port Orford is a sleepy coastal town filled with local artisans, fisherman, farmers and nature enthusiasts.
Port Orford's historical attractions include:
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|Directions to Castaway by the Sea
From Highway 101 Southbound in Port Orford:
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