Klamath, California - the southern gate to the Wild Rivers Coast. In this community of only a few hundred people you won't find a lot of local art on the walls, but look around outdoors. This is an outdoor community; a haven for fishing, camping, bicycling, and hiking with rafting and kayacking just up the river. There are miles of beautiful beaches and state and national parks to explore in addition to the second largest river in California -- and a World Class museum of Native American art and artifacts.
A short drive west takes you to the original Highway 101 river crossing which was destroyed in the Klamath Flood in 1964. The original grizzlies still stand guard on the southern shore. The northern grizzlies were moved into "town" and guilded.
For kids of all ages, the massive figures of Paul Bunyan and his blue ox Babe stand at the entrance to the popular "Trees of Mystery" at the northern end of Klamath. Visitors are encouraged to touch the figures, ask questions, and have their photographs taken with the mythical creatures.
Inside the Trees of Mystery facility, just north of the gift shop, you'll find a stunning collection of Native American artand artifacts at The End of the Trail Museum. Six rooms of beautiful displays include a collection of baby carriers from all over, the Local Room, the Southwest Room, The Northwest Room, the Plains Room, and the California and the Great Basin room. This is one of the largest privately owned world class museums. It took about 40 years to assemble and is constantly being improved and upgraded. Entry is free. The museum is supported by the Trees of Mystery.
Public Art in Port Orford
Public Art in Smith River
Public Art in Crescent City
Public Art in BrookingsA forty foot mural called "Trees" was painted by Pete Chasar and Destiny Schwartz as part of a "park-like" beautification project called Hillside Pedestrian Oasis, located at Chetco Avenue and Hillside.
Mural by Kathleen Kresa located at the Port of Brookings Harbor.