Heading north up US 101 an Art Deco styled bridge over the Siuslaw River welcomes you to Florence,
Lane County (population: 7,263).
Nestled amongst the magnificent shifting sands of the Oregon Dunes and some spectacular headlands
Florence is agreat stopping off point.
The Old Town is tastefully restored and has many shops and restaurants along the river.
A tradition says the city was named after state senator A.B. Florence; Lane County representative from 1858-1860.
Another says that Florence was named for a French vessel that was wrecked at the mouth of the Siuslaw River in 1875.