Remotely Removed…

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If you “google” Remote, Oregon you will find out that it is an unincorporated community in Coos County where Sandy Creek merges with the Middle Fork Coquille River.

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Early pioneers appropriately named the location for its distance from other settlements. (en.m.wikipedia.org)

Nestled in a valley of the Coast Range, Remote is situated along Highway 42, a major east-west route linking the southern Oregon Coast to Interstate 5 near Roseburg. Route 42 used to run through the center of town until the realignment of the highway.

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The empty remains of the General Store/Post Office/Gas Station attest to Remote’s vestige of commerce in the past. (scod.com)

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A covered bridge originally carried Highway 42 across the creek. In 1979 it was added to the National Register of Historic Places. Sandy Creek Wayside is a rest stop area 2 miles west of Remote Outpost RV Park and Cabins offering a footbridge, restrooms, information, and picnic tables. (en.m.wikipedia.org)

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GETTING TO REMOTE

Exit Interstate 5, just south of Roseburg

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toward Winston, Oregon and continue traveling southwest on Highway 42 for another 25 miles through Tenmile and Camas Valley. Remote is approximately 17 miles beyond Camus Valley.

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Winston is a 2.65 square mile city in Douglas County, 9 miles from Roseburg and 80 miles south of Eugene, Oregon.

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It is home to Wildlife Safari, a 600-acre park created in 1973 by Frank Hart, a frequent visitor to Africa. Over 600 animals, including bears, capybaras, South African cheetahs, African elephants, giraffes, hippopotamuses, lions, and ostriches wander freely on the available grasslands.

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Guests can drive through the 4.5 mile looping road and walk through a display of the park’s smaller animals in the Australian Walkabout exhibit. Wildlife Safari is a nonprofit organization overseen by the Safari Game Research Foundation. (en.m.wikipedia.org)

A bronze cheetah greets visitors in the center of town.

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Tenmile, another unincorporated community, lies about 9 miles west of Winston along Highway 42. The spot was named by an early settler who used to drive his cattle here from Happy Valley  which was about 10 miles away. (en.m.wikipedia.org)

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Camas Valley is the next unincorporated community 8 miles further west.

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It is named after the camassia plant which thrives in the moist meadows of the valley.

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A genus of plants in the asparagus family, camassia is also known as camas, quamash, Indian hyacinth, camash, and wild hyacinth. The quamash was an important food source for Native Americans. In autumn the plants were gathered. Once the flowers wilted, the bulbs could then be boiled, pit-roasted, or dried. Roasted quamash bulbs looked and tasted like baked sweet potatoes, only sweeter.

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Dried bulbs could be pounded into flour. Camas bulbs helped members of the Lewis and Clark Expedition to survive.


Next stop, Remote and Remote Outpost RV Park and Cabins…

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