Just west of our Coos Bay campsite is Shore Acres, the site of the 1905 homestead of Louis and Cassie Simpson. The original home, a Christmas present for Cassie, was enlarged in 1914 to include a Roman Bath with a 26’x52’ swimming pool and completion of the spectacular gardens preserved today.
Cassie died after a long illness in 1921 and the mansion burned to the ground in 3 months later. Louis and his second wife, Lela, moved into a second mansion that spanned 224’ along the bluff. Between 1927 and 1942 the Simpsons gradually donated and sold the property to the State of Oregon. The US Army occupied the site and the mansion became a barracks and officers club. The mansion was razed by the government due to maintain the property. Louis died in 1949.
Our visit was really enjoyable but the highlight was watching the whales feeding just offshore. Karen captured this awesome picture!