Soutwest of Cottage Grove, Oregon along highway 38 is the community of Drain one day last week I spent some time here. Platted in 1872 by Charles Drain, in 1876 Drain was the jumping off point for the Drain to Coos Bay stage line the only means of public transportation between the interior valleys and the coast which terminated in Scottsburg were passengers disembark and loaded onto a paddlewheel steamer for a continuous adventure to the Pacific Coast and Coos Bay.
Timber from the surrounding mountains was harvested swelling the population then homes, stores, and public buildings the Southern Pacific Railroad tried and failed to construct a rail line to the coast it instead went from Eugene running west to the coast. Like so many other wooden towns fire in 1906 and 1913 destroys a good portion of Drain.
Today an approximate population of 1000 enjoy rural living, cool wet winters and dry, sometime, hot summers with the Umpqua River nearby.