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Brookings - Harbor Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 940
Brookings, OR 97415
(541) 469-3181
(800) 535-9469
Fax: (541) 469-4094
Email: chamber@wave.net

A bizarre weather phenomenon known as the "Brookings Effect" continues to take visitors here by storm. According to reports, these Pacific-bound travelers are getting blown away by what appears to be a year-round temperate clime.

Improbable as it may seem, Mother Nature has apparently chosen the Brookings Harbor area to reveal her gentler side. The result is an American Shangri-la, a geographical pocket of perfection tucked into the southwest corner of Oregon. The natives call this temperate strip the "Banana Belt." Its centerpiece, the city of Brookings, is likewise known as the "Home of Winter Flowers." While much of the Pacific Northwest sits in a perpetual fog, the Banana Belt's Home of Winter Flowers basks in the warmth of sunny skies even when the calendar suggests it should not.

The Brookings-Harbor area is bordered by California's Siskiyou Mountains to the south, the Pacific Ocean to the west and the Siskiyou National Forest's ancient redwoods to the east.

These natural wonders combine with the seemingly unnatural Brookings Effect to create a unique environmental niche. Throw in some of the world's most incredible fishing, a colorful parade of festivals, and coastal Oregon's myriad attractions, and you have a vacation package that will rival any.

In fact, tourism now stands as one of the Brookings area's top four sources of income, which include agriculture, wood production, and fishing. Home of Winter Flowers' chief agricultural crop is Easter lily bulbs. Producers here and in neighboring Fort Smith, California account for over 90 percent of the world's Easter lily bulbs.

The Home of Winter Flowers also is known for its beautiful Azalea Park. This floral showcase hosts the annual Azalea Festival on Memorial Day weekend. The renowned American Music Festival's summer concert series begins in June. Concert performances take place in the park's all-natural amphitheater.

The Brookings area boasts Oregon's largest Monterey Cypress, and Loeb State Park, located about eight miles up the north bank of the Chetco River, is home to 320 acres of myrtlewood, a rare lumber found only in Oregon and the Middle East. All beauty aside, though, Brookings may be best known for the historical event that sought to destroy its natural assets.

In September 1942, Japanese World War II pilot Nobuo Fujita bombed the Siskiyou Forest just east of Brookings Harbor. This marks the only time a foreign power has bombed the Continental United States by plane. Twenty years later, Fujita returned to the area to make amends. He presented his more-than-300-year-old Sumarai sword as a gesture of friendship. the sword remains on display at the Chetco Community Public Library.
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