Southport, Oregon

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Unincorporated community
1896 USGS Topographic Map
1896 USGS Topographic Map
Southport is located in Oregon
Location in the State of Oregon
Coordinates: 43°17′53″N 124°13′13″W / 43.29806°N 124.22028°W / 43.29806; -124.22028Coordinates: 43°17′53″N 124°13′13″W / 43.29806°N 124.22028°W / 43.29806; -124.22028
Country United States
County Coos County
Elevation 30 ft (9 m)

Southport is an unincorporated locale in Coos County, Oregon, United States.[1] It was located along Southport Creek, near where the creek flows into Isthmus Slough, 6.5 miles (10 km) south of the city of Coos Bay, at an elevation of 30 feet (9 m). The former community is now a ghost town.


The Southport town site is located on Southport Lane, off of US Highway 101, south of the city of Coos Bay in Coos County.


Sometime between 1875 and 1877 B. B. Jones opened a coal mine named the Southport Mine, and the village of Southport sprang up next to the mine.[2][3] It was a company town of the Black Diamond Coal Mining Company, headquartered in San Francisco, California.[4] (Nortonville, California and Black Diamond, Washington, were two of the company's other towns.)[4]

In 1882 the town had a population of 100, with a general merchandise store, a variety store, and a hotel/saloon.[5] A 2,000-foot-long makeshift railroad ran from the mine to the slough.[3][6]

Southport never had a post office; instead it was served by the post office at Coos City[5] (also now a ghost town), which was located on the other side of Isthmus Slough from Southport.[7]

In 1885, the Black Diamond Coal Mining Company opened a new mine at Black Diamond, Washington, and many of the miners at Southport and Nortonville moved to the new mine.[8][9]

In about 1885, the owners of a competing mine, the Newport Mine, leased the Southport Mine property but kept the mine closed.[3] This led to a decline of the town, although it was still shown on an 1896 USGS topographic map.[7]

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  1. ^ "Southport". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. November 28, 1980. Retrieved March 21, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Southern Oregon. Resources of Coos and Douglas Counties: Timber, Coal and Agricultural Lands," A. L. Bancroft & Co., 1882, page 7.
  3. ^ a b c "A Century of Coos and Curry," Emil R. Peterson and Alfred Powers, 1952, pages 398-399.
  4. ^ a b "History of Southport Land", Retrieved 2014-03-15.
  5. ^ a b McKenney's Pacific Coast Directory for 1883-4, published December, 1882, page 1090.
  6. ^ "The History of the Port of Coos Bay, 1852-1952," George Baxter Case, 1983, page 59
  7. ^ a b Zip file download of "USGS 1:125000-scale Quadrangle for Coos Bay, OR, 1896" retrieved 3/14/2014.
  8. ^ "From Capt. Ernst" The Coast Mail newspaper, June 11, 1885
  9. ^ "The move of coal miners from Nortonville, California to Black Diamond, Washington Territory, 1885". Jacqueline Byer Dial, 1980.

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