the Coquille River jetties
Some comments in the previous post led me to dig up some history and explanations of the jetty. First of all there’s the reason it was built (from Wikipedia):
In its natural state, the Coquille River meandered widely at its mouth. Owing to storms, tides, or other conditions, the river could empty into the sea as far north as a beach now called Whiskey Run, or as far south as a rock formation called Table Rock—an overall distance of several miles. It is said that when early sailing vessels tried to cross the dangerous bar to return to the port at Bandon, the main channel might have moved, or shoaled in, at the very place the ships had crossed safely on the outgoing journey.
Captain Judah Parker, a sea captain, built a jetty of bunches of cedar branches wrapped in burlap, sunken into the mud. Rocks were added. In the late 1890s, the government built jetties to force the channel to stay put. Huge boulders for the South Jetty, at Bandon, came from the blasting of a nearby mound of rock called Tupper Rock. The North Jetty is across the river, and clearly visible from the south jetty.
The above image is what the water looks like at the mouth of the jetty after a major rain storm that’s filled the river with silt, turning the water distinctly brown where it meets the sea.
(click for slideshow with full text)
So, these days there’s folks who like to risk getting washed out to sea by strolling out on the jetty. I wouldn’t mind so much if I hadn’t seen some people walking out there with innocent children or dogs; not to mention the coast guard having to waste their time or risk their lives rescuing these less than brilliant individuals.
(click for slideshow and a closer look at this guy)!