County Seat: Courthouse, 250 N Baxter, Coquille 97423
Phone: 541-396-3121 (General); 541-396-3121, ext. 344 (Court Administrator)
Population (2011): 62,960
Established: Dec. 22, 1853
Elev. at Coquille: 40'
Area: 1,629 sq. mi.
Average Temp.: January 44.2° July 60.9°
Assessed Value: $4,719,920,398
Real Market Value: $5,999,172,278
Annual Precipitation: 56.8"
Economy: Forest products, fishing, agriculture, shipping, recreation and tourism
Points of interest
Lumber port, myrtlewood groves, Shore Acres State Park and Botanical Gardens, beaches, Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, museums, fishing fleets, boat basins, scenic golf courses
History and general information
Coos County was created by the Territorial Legislature from parts of Umpqua and Jackson Counties in 1853 and included Curry County until 1855. The county seat was Empire City until 1896 when it was moved to Coquille. Although trappers had been in the area a quarter-century earlier, the first permanent settlement in present Coos County was at Empire City, now part of Coos Bay, by members of the Coos Bay Company in 1853. The name “Coos” derives from the Coos tribe and translates to “lake” or “place of pines.”
Forest products, tourism, fishing, and agriculture dominate the Coos County economy. Boating, dairy farming, myrtlewood manufacturing, shipbuilding and repair, and agriculture specialty products, including cranberries, also play an important role. The International Port of Coos Bay, considered the best natural harbor between Puget Sound and San Francisco, is the world’s largest forest products shipping port.
Commissioners—Melissa Cribbins 2015, Robert (Bob) Main 2013, John Sweet 2015; Dist. Atty. Paul Frasier 2017; Assess. Steve Jansen 2017; Clerk Terri Turi 2015; Sheriff Craig Zanni 2015; Surv. Michael Dado 2017; Treas. Mary Barton 2017