Oooh, my goodness! Reading these town names is like music to my eyes. I still miss the Bandon Cheese factory--no one did cheese the way they did. And Coos Bay--the rocks one can find in the river and along the seashore are exquisite...Ah, lovely postcards...
Bandon used to be known for their cheese factory. It was a necessary stop to fill up on a bag of curds and a big ice cream cone. Alas they were bought by a larger cheese company, Tillamook. Now I always liked Tillamook cheese which is made at a large coop in Tillamook, Oregon, until I found out what they did to the people of Bandon. They bought the cheese factory and shut it down. This was probably the biggest tourist stop in Bandon. Suddenly gone and people out of work. Hard times have hit Bandon. The people of Bandon eventually started thinking about starting up another small cheese factory, but Tillamook would have none of that. To make sure the people of Bandon never went through with it Tillamook came in and completely raised the building and replaced it with...nothing. An empty lot. I no longer eat Tillamook cheese and neither do many others who feel Bandon was treated very badly.
The lovely little light house was redone years ago and now matches all the other lighthouses along the coast with a red roof. It's a sweet little house but a dangerous walk out past it. You should have stopped in at the seafood restaurant that sits right across the water from it. Good chowder!
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