Bandon, OR Professional Review and Guide
"Named after a city in Ireland that is located on the Bandon River in County Cork, this Oregon community, sometimes called Bandon-By-The-Sea, could as fittingly be called Phoenix. Like the mythical bird, Bandon has twice risen from its own ashes after fire consumed it. In 1914 a fire left a large part of downtown Bandon a smoldering heap. Then on September 26, 1936, fire again swept through the town. This time nearly 2,000 residents were evacuated, and Bandon was reduced to charred rubble.
Bandon’s Old Town area lies a swerve off U.S. 101. Ease into it, find a parking spot, and enjoy its funky shops, fine galleries, and restaurants. Adjacent to Old Town, just across First Street, is Bandon’s refurbished waterfront and boat basin, where you can stroll the docks and piers, watch the commercial fleet, charter a fishing boat, or fish and crab right off the docks."