Lots in the north point of Coos Bay were once piled high with lumber, as ships waited by the docks to take wood products overseas.
But today, many of Oregon’s lumber mills have contracted or closed. With them have gone the ships by the dock, and many working-age locals have moved away, too.
Some local officials say a $2 billion plan for a major shipping terminal in the city could change all that. They say the port could bring all manner of imports to the Pacific Northwest and then the rest of the continent, and send Oregon crops and other exports overseas. And, they say, it could employ 2,500 to load and unload as many as 1.2 million shipping containers a year.
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