COOS BAY — The Coos Bay Public Library welcomes Oregon’s traveling historian Darrell Jabin and his latest latest video production, Rail History of Oregon at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 8, in the library’s Myrtlewood Room.
A little more than 100 years ago, trains first connected to the Coos Bay area from the Willamette Valley. It gave residents a chance to travel faster and sell their products to new markets. The community celebrated with a 3-day festival and thousands of people from throughout the state came to enjoy the events and the new transportation link to our area. The trains had the same impact throughout Oregon. Towns were created, named, grew, shrank and moved due to the railroad.
Jabin researched train history and communities throughout Oregon to discover interesting people and events involved in railroads, streetcars and electric trains. The result is an entertaining and informative video and presentation covering a unique part of Oregon history.
Each year, Jabin travels more than 6,000 miles, working in more than 2 dozen cities in our state. He takes advantage of these trips by researching interesting events, history and people and creating videos and providing presentations to share those stories.
This free program, sponsored by the Friends of Coos Bay Public Library is open to the public, the library is located at 525 Anderson Ave.
For more information, call 541-269-1101 or visit www.coosbaylibrary.org.