Down the Rogue River is ILLAHEE, 48.6 m. (173 alt., 25 pop.), starting
point for several trails into the back country. Chiseled from the sides of the
forested mountains, the highway skirts the turbulent Rogue to AGNESS, 54.7 m.
(113 alt., 10 pop.), where there is a Forest Service ranger station. A heavy-
duty suspension bridge spans the Rogue and leads to primitive regions spotted
with deposits of chromite, gold, and other ores.
MYRTLE POINT, 52.5 m. (90 alt., 1,362 pop.), is named for the
abundance of the shrub around here, the wood of which is beautifully
mottled, and is manufactured into fine cabinet work. On the (R), at
the eastern edge of the town is an avenue of these trees. The pioneer
Hotel Myrtle stands on Spruce Street. At the confluence of the three
forks of the Coquille River, Myrtle Point is the trade center of a rich
agricultural and dairying region. Within its environs are eight cream-
eries with a combined annual output of hundreds of thousands of pounds
of butter, and more than a million pounds of cheese.
Because of the cool, moist climate, specialized forms of agriculture
are carried on here. Summer and autumn crops of green peas command
a premium. The soil and climate are also especially adaptable to the
growth of Reed canary grass, one of the heaviest producing pasture
grasses in the world. Another prized grass is the Carrier's or Coast bent
grass, used extensively for lawns and golf greens.
West of Myrtle Point the valley widens and hills and pastures appear.
The mild climate, with frequent rainfall and the absence of heavy frosts,
assures abundant crops of cranberries in these fertile flood lands. In
late June pale, rose-colored blossoms cover the marshes. Harvesting of
the berries in late September and early October furnishes seasonal
employment for many workers. Better grades of the berries are hand
picked, while others are gathered by use of especially constructed boxes,
equipped with forklike prongs, called scoopers.
COQUILLE, 61.8 m. (40 alt., 2,732 pop.) (see TOUR 3b), is at
the junction with US 101 (see TOUR 3b).
Grants Pass Junction — Wilderville — Wonder — Kerby— (Crescent
City, Calif.) ; 42.4 m. US 199.
Paved road, open all year except during severe snow or sleet when it may be
Southern Pacific Railroad spur parallels US 199 between Grants Pass and
Accommodations few, but improved campsites available.
US 199, the Redwood Highway, follows the old trail over which
the Argonauts of the early 1850's rushed north from California's waning