Near Reedsport in Douglas County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)
On August 8th, 1850, the schooner Samuel Roberts grounded on this bar during her maiden voyage to Scottsburg as part of the Klamath exploring expedition. She was the first recorded American Vessel to navigate the Umpqua River. While waiting here through the night for the tide to float the schooner free, her crew indulged in an excess of brandy, giving this landmark its name.
Erected by State of Oregon.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Exploration • Notable Places • Waterways & Vessels.
Location. 43° 40.648′ N, 123° 55.97′ W. Marker is near Reedsport, Oregon, in Douglas County. Marker is on Umpqua Highway (Oregon Route 38) 4 miles west of Loon Lake Road, on the right when traveling west. Marker is located on the north side of the highway, within the Umpqua Wayside, overlooking the Umpqua River. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Reedsport OR 97467, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Scottsburg (approx. 6 miles What is a Steam Donkey? (approx. 8.3 miles away); History of Local Steam Donkey (approx. 8.3 miles away).
Also see . . .
1. Brandy Bar Of The Umpqua River.
(link includes photograph of Brandy Bar) During the summer of 1850, the American schooner Samuel Roberts ran aground on a bar in the Umpqua River along the southern Oregon coast. While waiting for a high tide to refloat the ship, the crew broke into the captain's liquor locker to help pass the time. Thus, the bar appropriately became known as Brandy Bar. A century later, Brandy Bar became mobile when the name appeared on a towboat built for the Umpqua Navigation Company and used to work the waters of the Umpqua River. (Submitted on January 30, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Residents fear dredging may destroy historic river island.
Neighbors of the bar 10 miles east of Reedsport fear the island itself may be washing away, and that gravel dredging may be to blame. Aerial photos show the seven-acre island has lost nearly a third of its mass since 1981, and locals say it continues to shrink. They blame the dredging. Federal and state officials, however, say rivers are constantly changing course and wearing away banks and islands. (Submitted on January 30, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Credits. This page was last revised on February 2, 2018. It was originally submitted on January 26, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 129 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on January 26, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. 2, 3. submitted on January 30, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.