The Hollering Point Project is a development project that aims to improve and revitalize Empire, Oregon.
Unfortunately, the city currently does not have enough funding to complete the project. The city has decided to delay proposals for the current project until revenues increase. This project remains “open” and is high on the to-do list of the City Council and Urban Renewal Agency
The name “hollering point” is a reference to the Coquille Indians. Long before white settlers entered the bay area the Indians would actually “holler” across the bay to one another. You can see in the picture below just where this “hollering point” was located. The bay spans about a half mile from one side to the other. The Indians occupied both sides of the bay and actually were the first people to settle in what is now called Coos Bay.
The proposals which are included in this project are aimed at creating a “new look” for the Empire area. A great deal of the buildings in Empire have had a face-lift with new facades. The streets have added new curbs which have been made to hold flowers, and small trees have also been planted along the streets. You can see some of the work that has been done on my Hollering Point Pictures Page. One goal is to make it a safe place for pedestrians and to encourage new businesses to move into the area. Also, the new street lamps make it much safer to be during the night time hours and are aimed at reducing crime in the area.
A new “rest stop” area has been created and provides a great view overlooking the dock; the boat building center; the boat launch and the areas Coast Guard station. The rest area also has a new plaque which describes Camp Cast-A-Way. There is a great view of the bay and the area on the other side of the bay is known as the Coos Bay Spit. This area can only be fully be explored 4 wheeled vehicles and is reached by heading north and crossing over the McCullough Bridge and then heading west towards Horsefall Beach. This is also the area where the new natural gas facility is scheduled to be located. It was also one of the main places that the Coquille Indians used for hunting, fishing and other survival needs. The north side of the jetty is also located on this side of the bay. The Indians no longer occupy this area because the “white men” fought vigorously to remove them from the bay area. It can be a great place to find Indian artifacts such as arrow heads and pottery shards. They Indians now have a very small reservation located near Charleston, Oregon and the majority of the tribes income comes from the local casino.
There is a great story about the future of Hollering Point on our local news station KMTR which provides a wealth of information about the project.