Learn about our rich history, visit historical sites or find something old and make it new again. Take a trip through the past.
Lincoln City’s self-guided Heritage Tour features 14 stops that reveal the rich history of the region and its people. The tour guide contains both recent and historic photographs of locations like the Dorchester House, site of the first Republican issue conference in Oregon; the D River, arguably the shortest river in the world; and the Connie Hansen Garden, gift of horticultural artist Constance P. Hansen. Get the Heritage Tour Guide online or pick up a copy at the North Lincoln County Historical Museum.
Recommended time: 2-3 hours
North Lincoln County Historical Museum
4907 SW Highway 101 • 541-996-6614 • Website
For those who love history or just “old stuff”, the North Lincoln County Historical Museum is a real treat. The downstairs exhibit gallery includes: displays on Native American history with examples of baskets and beadwork; early settlement and homesteading displays that show early tools and household items; and dairy, fishing, and cannery displays with artifacts from those industries
The upstairs gallery focuses on tourism, celebrating the age of the automobile with information on the first cars and roads to the area. Roadside attractions, early tourism promotions like the notorious “Redhead Roundup”, and one-of-a-kind businesses like the Pixie Kitchen are also exhibited. A hands-on children’s corner will keep younger children entertained while their parents tour the museum. Admission to the museum is free. Public restroom, handicap access, and street parking available. Can accommodate motor coaches.
Recommended time: 1 hour
4000 Block of SE Hwy 101
Many folks have felt the presence of spirits at the Pioneer Cemetery. It is on the inland side of Highway 101, just across the road from the Inn at Spanish Head. Even if you don’t feel the presence, the panoramic view is stunning, among the best in town. No restrooms. Parking is available at the site. The access road is narrow and steep. Can accommodate small motor coaches.
Recommended time: 20-30 minutes
Drift Creek Covered Bridge
South Bear Creek Road, 1 Mile South of Hwy 18
Covered bridges have always been of historic and photographic interest in Oregon. One of Oregon’s oldest, the Drift Creek Covered Bridge, was originally constructed in 1914 on Drift Creek just south and east of Lincoln City.
It stands as a memorial to its pioneer builders, from both this century and last, and is a unique and serene place for visitors to enjoy. To get there, travel east of Lincoln City, on Highway 18. Approximately 3.5 miles east of the Otis Café turn south on North Bear Creek Road. Proceed about one mile. The Bridge is on the left. Enjoy it for a picnic, a photo expedition, or just for its simple wonder and the tale it tells of generosity and the human spirit.
Restrooms, a picnic area, and limited parking is available. The Site is handicap accessible. Can accommodate small motor coaches.
Recommended time: 45-60 minutes
Lincoln City has been the place to go on the Oregon Coast if you are interested in antiques and collectibles. With a variety of stores, the largest antique mall on the coast, Lincoln City usually has that specialty item for which you have long been searching.
To celebrate the quality of “antiquing” every February Lincoln City hosts Antique Week, a ten-day long event, featuring city-wide antique store sales and special antique glass float drops. Learn about Antique Week
This tour is free until you find that item you just can’t live without. Motor coach access varies by location.
Recommended time: 2 hours