World famous Langlois

Why Langlois is or should be world famous

So are the citizens of Langlois delusional??



1) We take pride in the fact that the name Langlois stirs up so much interest in the pronunciation. The subject is a great ice breaker  and is often the first question asked by visitors.

Langlois is a variant of the French "L'anglais" meaning the Englishman which seems to indicate the family name started when some English showed in France post-Norman conquest era. The variations in pronunciation stem from Anglicization and then Americanization down through the years.  There are variations still among Guernsey (home of our founding family) and Jersey Islands The name is not quite on par with the Welsh town of Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwy rndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch. So really, one might  we have it easy, but  is still up for debate.  One of most accepted version is Langless stemming from a phonetic version of the 1860 Federal census of our Founding Family




However, the citation in Oregon's Names; How to Say Them and Where They are Located? by Bert Webber ( a well respected historian) lists the pronunciation as LANG lois.

The locals have their own take on the name: Lang lois  Langwau, Lang o ise, Lang lewis , Lang lis , Lang loy and probably more. Here are some samples from us locals. 

Update on World Famous Langlois

Have You Seen the Langlois Visitors Guide?


LANGLOIS - Some may remember 5 years ago when the residents of Langlois and the Oregon Department of Transportation had a disagreement. The residents wanted the speed limit to go down and ODOT, after a speed zone study, wanted it to go up. The limits were changed, and arguments ensued, with some residents, armed with pickup trucks and shovels, “offering” to move the signs back. ODOT did find a way to put everything back the way it was and the whole incident was filed under “Be careful what you wish for”.


However … the event had a ripple effect. ODOT suggested that Langlois didn’t have enough “roadside culture” (ODOT lingo) for drivers to believe they were entering a town, despite all of the usual highway signs. Through a collective effort, fundraising and generous donations, and with the help of the County, signs welcoming visitors to World Famous Langlois were placed at each end of town.


The signs triggered some of the recognition Langlois deserves when, in 2016, Via Magazine mentioned local businesses, opening with “Sly signs marking tiny Langlois declare it world famous – and who’s to say its not?”


Why world famous, you asked? And the website was created to bring more awareness to the community.


But why stop there? Three members of the original sign committee volunteered to create another vehicle to boast about the place they call home, and the Langlois Visitors Guide was born in 2016. Yes, there is enough going on in Langlois to fill a guide! And in 2019 (the third printing), over 1,000 copies were distributed in visitors’ centers from North Bend to Gold Beach, and in local businesses, campgrounds and motels north and south. Creation and distribution of the Guide is by volunteers, and participation in the Guide is by donation, with the help of Friends of the Langlois Library as the Guide’s fiscal sponsor.

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Art exhibit opens OSU150 Sun Grant Festival

Curator Tina Green-Price and the Giustina Gallery staff have successfully matched art exhibits with each of Oregon State University's year-long grant festivals, from space to sea. But this month's Sun Grant Festival proved to be particularly challenging. The festival is focused on more than just the sun, it is about alternative energy sources and the planet, Green-Price says.



Solar power was an influence for one of the exhibit's more obscure pieces, an acrylic painting, "Dr. Frankenstein's Monster Goes Solar" by Michael Ousley of Langlois, Oregon. The bright red, yellow and orange painting features Frankenstein with an external LED attached to his forehead.

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Langlois in the Mail Tribune !


Southern Oregon Journal: Coast trip turns up Bigfoot and Langlois

By Peggy Dover for the Mail Tribune

It was another cool, bright morning on the Southern Oregon coast — perfect for tunes and a leisurely drive. One nice thing about south coast traffic is there’s far less of it than with the mass of tourist assemblage to the north. The luxury of time I enjoyed meant embracing U-turns for whatever caught my eye. Passing lanes at regular intervals allowed those not hunting for a chain-sawed, wooden Bigfoot sculpture to ease on down the road.

A couple of towns on Oregon’s south coast catch my attention each night on the evening weather map. In all my traversing 101, I can’t recall even passing through Langlois or Sixes, yet there are representative dots on the map, siren communities calling for exploration. I determined to hunt them down, find out how to pronounce Langlois, and learn why they deserve a forecast.

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