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Basic Information
Type of PlaceIndependent City or Town
Metro Area?Independent City or Town
Politics c. 1860?Don't Know
Unions, Organized Labor?Don't Know

Sundown Town Status
Confirmed Sundown Town?Probable
Year of Greatest Interest
Was there an ordinance?Don't Know
Sign?Don't Know
Still Sundown?Probably

Census Information
TotalWhiteBlackAsianNativeHispanicOtherBHshld
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196070844
197013466
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19901507641
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Method of Exclusion
Threat of Violence;Private Bad Behavior

Main Ethnic Group(s).
Unknown

Group(s) Excluded
Black

Comments
A former Coos Bay resident writes: "Coos Bay / North Bend Oregon, where I grew up, had the recent distinction of becoming the home of choice of the retiring Head Creep of the KKK: he said he couldn't find a more white place in the US. When I was in High School in the *early 80s,* an African-American family moved into town and I became good friends with a daughter my age. They moved out shortly, and I didn't find out until years later that someone had burned a cross on their lawn etc. As far as I know there were no repercussions from this. To this day, the HS students will tell you that there is no racism in Coos Bay / North Bend, but I can't recall the last time I saw an African American in my visits there. I'm optimistic that this is dying down some with each succeeding generation due to failure to be transmitted, and will eventually be only of historical significance perhaps this is just wishful thinking, though."
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