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Oregon (Douglas County), Canyonville — Canyonville Applegate Trail Kiosk
(Seven panels dealing with topics related to the Applegate Trail are found at this kiosk.) Applegate Trail Southern Route to Oregon In 1846, Jesse Applegate and fourteen others from near Dallas, Oregon, established . . . — Map (db m112862) HM
Oregon (Douglas County), Canyonville — Homeland of the Cow Creeks
This portion of the southwest Oregon is homeland to the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Indians. They thrived here for thousands of years before contact with Euro-Americans. Living in plank-house villages, they followed a seasonal round of resource use. . . . — Map (db m112859) HM
Oregon (Douglas County), Elkton — Fort UmpquaDouglas County History
On the west bank and upstream is the site of Fort Umpqua. Established in 1836 by the Hudson’s Bay Company, the fort was a twelve foot high and ninety foot square stockade with bastions at diagonal corners. The fort served as a dwelling for . . . — Map (db m113337) HM
Oregon (Douglas County), Myrtle Creek — History of the (grist) Wheel
Used in the grist mill built in 1853-54 by Lazarus Wright. The mill was located next to the planked bridge crossing in the 'village' of Myrtle Creek near the current location of the Dairy Queen. The mill was managed by John Hall, the founder of . . . — Map (db m114456) HM
Oregon (Douglas County), Oakland — Applegate Trail - OaklandSouthern Route to Oregon
In 1846, Jesse Applegate and fourteen others from near Dallas, Oregon, established a trail south from the Willamette Valley and east to Fort Hall. This route offered emigrants an alternative to the perilous “last leg” of the Oregon Trail . . . — Map (db m116842) HM
Oregon (Douglas County), Oakland — Historic Oakland
Established in 1851 by Dr. Dorsey S. Baker. The town moved to the present site in 1872 when the O&C Railroad reached this point. Alonzo F. Brown founded the new town. Fires destroyed the wooden buildings. The existing brick buildings were built in . . . — Map (db m99321) HM
Oregon (Douglas County), Oakland — The Cow CreeksA Tale of Strong Recovery
The story of the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians is a tale of perseverance and strong recovery in the face of great loss. Epidemics and hostilities with miners let to large population declines. The tribe entered into a treaty with the . . . — Map (db m99222) HM
Oregon (Douglas County), Oakland — The First Cabin in Douglas County
Dedicated to the memory of Rev. J.A. Cornwall and Family They built the First Immigrant Cabin in Douglas County near this site hence the name Cabin Creek The family wintered here in 1846     1847 Were saved from extreme want by . . . — Map (db m99269) HM
Oregon (Douglas County), Oakland — Water Wheel
Taken from a grist mill built in old town of Oakland by Dr. Dorsey S. Baker in 1851.

It turned the grinding stone that ground the grain to meal and flour. Shipped by boat around Cape Horn in the older days. — Map (db m116841) HM

Oregon (Douglas County), Reedsport — Brandy BarOregon History
On August 8th, 1850, the schooner Samuel Roberts grounded on this bar during her maiden voyage to Scottsburg as part of the Klamath exploring expedition. She was the first recorded American Vessel to navigate the Umpqua River. While waiting . . . — Map (db m113339) HM
Oregon (Douglas County), Reedsport — History of Local Steam DonkeyEach Machine Had a Personality
A Big Piece of Reedsport History Here, restored by citizens of Reedsport, is one of the largest steam donkeys to work the Oregon woods, the Smith and Watson 12 X 13 compound geared universal yarder. It was placed in service in . . . — Map (db m113331) HM
Oregon (Douglas County), Reedsport — U.S.C.G. Station, Umpqua River, 1939Coastal Visitor Center
This former U.S. Coast Guard facility built in 1939, was restored by the Douglas County Park Department and dedicated as a public recreation facility on June 19, 1980. Douglas County Board of Commissioners Bill Vian, Chairman . . . — Map (db m113507) HM
Oregon (Douglas County), Reedsport — Umpqua River Lighthouse
Originally the first lighthouse in the Oregon Territory. Was built in 1857 near the mouth of the river. It was undermined and destroyed by flood in Feb. 1864. Rebuilt here in 1891 and completed in 1894. It shines a guiding light to all . . . — Map (db m113915) HM
Oregon (Douglas County), Reedsport — What is a Steam Donkey?
Oxen Replaced Mules And Donkeys – Steam Donkeys Replaced Oxen By the early 1900’s steam yarders or steam donkeys, as they came to be known, industrialized logging. These large steel and cast iron steam machines . . . — Map (db m113474) HM
Oregon (Douglas County), Roseburg — Courthouse Elm
Ulmus americana This tree was given to Douglas County by Binger Hermann, U.S. Congressman, around the turn of the century. The occasion for the tree donation is not known positively, but research suggests that it was given at a . . . — Map (db m112587) HM
Oregon (Douglas County), Roseburg — Douglas County Veterans Memorial
This memorial is dedicated to all Douglas County Men and Women who have served their country in its several armed conflicts and especially to those who make the supreme sacrifice, many of whom are listed here. Re-dedicated July 4, 2010 — Map (db m113265) WM
Oregon (Douglas County), Roseburg — Medal of Honor Recipients Moon Tree
. . . — Map (db m113198) WM
Oregon (Douglas County), Roseburg — Pinot NoirRichard Sommer & HillCrest Vineyard
Oregon’s successful and widely recognized wine industry can be traced to this place, where Richard Sommer first planted Pinot noir grapes in 1961. The Umpqua and Willamette valleys’ climates and topographies are much like those of European wine . . . — Map (db m114452) HM
Oregon (Douglas County), Roseburg — 'The Blast' Site
This is the site of the explosion which occurred in the early hours of August 7, 1959, resulting in fourteen deaths and injuring fifty seven persons. A fire in a lumber yard detonated a truck loaded with explosives and caused property losses . . . — Map (db m112863) HM
Oregon (Douglas County), Roseburg — The Hebe Fountain
The original Hebe Fountain was a joint project of the 1895 Mental Culture Club (now known as the Roseburg Woman's Club) and the Women's Christian Temperance Union. Providing water for horses, dogs, and humans, the fountain stood in the intersection . . . — Map (db m112848) HM
Oregon (Douglas County), Roseburg — The Mill-Pine Historic Neighborhood District
Placed on the National Register of Historic Places 1985 The Mill-Pine neighborhood grew out of a need for housing close to the railroad. The Oregon-California railroad line was completed from Portland to Roseburg in 1872 and on to Ashland in . . . — Map (db m99323) HM
Oregon (Douglas County), Roseburg — Welcome to Southern Oregon
Southern Oregon is a land of great geographic diversity. Here are the more than 250-million-year-old Klamath Mountains in the south, and to the north and uplifted 50-million-year-old ocean floor and overlying sediments, called “Siletzia” . . . — Map (db m112535) HM
Oregon (Douglas County), Scottsburg — ScottsburgOregon History
Few Oregon communities have had a more colorful history than Scottsburg. It was named for Levi Scott, a pioneer of 1844, who homesteaded here and founded the town in 1850. There was a lower town at the head of tidewater on the Umpqua River which . . . — Map (db m113510) HM
Oregon (Douglas County), Tiller — Red Mountain Lookout
In 1921 the Forest Service began, using a lookout tree on the Red Mountain in the upper Cow Creek Valley to detect fires in the surrounding mountains and valleys. The tree was replaced by a cupola style lookout in 1928. This building was moved . . . — Map (db m113334) HM
Oregon (Douglas County), Tiller — The Tiller Ranger Station
These buildings, constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) during the period between 1933 – 1942, are excellent examples of the Depression-era, rustic style of U.S. Forest Service structures. The building in the upper left . . . — Map (db m113336) HM

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