World famous Langlois

Floras Lake Windsurfing, Kiteboarding School, B & B

When you drive on Hwy 101 through Langlois, it’s hard to visualize the many recreational opportunities that abound just a few miles away that have helped put Langlois on the map. Floras Lake State Park and Curry County-Boice Cope Park are home to Floras Lake Windsurfing and Kiteboarding school and Floras Lake House Bed & Breakfast.

Floras Lake has become a major attraction over the years for beginner windsurfers and kitesurfers because of its steady, consistent northwest winds that blow from April through October and a wide and challenging array of sailing conditions . A short walk across Floras Lake outlet leads to the kite beach and the Pacific just over the sand spit, which separates fresh-water Floras Lake from the ocean.

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Take Me Home, Country Road

Guerin homesite, barn and pastures

In 1995, looking for a place to settle with pasture for livestock, we ventured up a road across from the Langlois Market:  Langlois Mountain Road.  Up and up we climbed, enjoying the views of the coastal plain, the Pacific Ocean, and pastures that would remind a Scotsman of the moors of home, with bands of sheep dotting the swaths of green.  At random intervals, gravel roads led off to dwellings, mostly out of view. 


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The True Story of the Famous Hot Dog

Hot dog count
Hot dog count
The True Story of the Famous Langlois Hot Dog


After the expansion of the Langlois Market in " 1981", the need for a deli was a must due to the Tucker saw mill gang. * The mill employed quite a few workers all looking for something to eat at their morning and afternoon breaks . Truckers going up and down 101 seemed to be hungry as well As we pondered on what to sell, my mother-in-law Muriel Sweet suggested our selling hot dogs using her famous mustard recipe. She knew people enjoyed her mustard from all the compliments she received every time served it at picnics.

During the course of the past thirty-three years, our hot dogs have become famous throughout the area. It is the combination of serving a very delicious frankfurter made with beef and pork, Muriel’s' home- made mustard and just the right pickle combination. It is the word- of -mouth advertizing that seems to bring people from far and near to sample our dogs. People will drop in and say, " I just have to try one of your hot dogs that I heard about." Some people even go as far as to say they are " world famous."

Submitted by Lee Pestana of the Langlois Market.

*Tucker Mill: Of historic importance. 1st established on Langlois Mountain in the 1940s.

Moved to Langlois in the 1950s, closed in the late 1990s. The mill employed 19 men in the early 1980s having provided the men of Langlois gainful employment for almost 50 years. (Strain, Floras Creek Precinct.)


Photo confirmations of the acclaimed "dog"                                                                      

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World Travelers Making Langlois Famous

The world travelers, in particular, the bicylists love our library as well as do other visitors from our states. Considering that it is estimated that 6000 bicylists make the Oregon Coast Bike Tour annually, it is no wonder we are on the world's radar.

When the new library was completed in 2002, no one dreamed it would such a magnet- not only greatly visible from Highway 101, but so enticing as well, not only for the atmosphere and Internet, but apparently for the bathroom filled with art.

The visitor comments speak for themselves. 


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Writing Around Langlois

Writing Around Langlois

It’s no wonder that Langlois is populated with photographers, painters, craftspeople, and storytellers. Inspiration is everywhere. I’ve written three books in a series about a young woman caddie at a small-town golf resort, and though the stories are fiction, the people and scenes are glimpses of the real thing. Sometimes the realities are very close to my fictional characterizations, but I'm not telling which ones.

As for being “world famous,” one would have to understand this community’s notion of fame. My books have sold in parts of Europe, but what translates as important to my friends and neighbors is seeing books in the library with the name of someone they know on the cover. So when locals keep asking me, “How’s the new book coming?” I am honor-bound to get back to work.

I tell readers that you don’t have to know anything about golf to read my Lainey Tidwell novels, but you’d better be able to appreciate small towns. (Langlois in particular is featured in chapter 17 of Looping in Limbo.) In a different vein, my nonfiction, No Broken Bones, tells of the battle between an unjust bureaucracy and my family’s tenacious, fighting spirit ̶ something small-town people know all too well.

It’s hard to say what will inspire my next book. In Langlois, there is no shortage of material.

Ginney Etherton

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