Roseburg is a city in southern Oregon, located in the Umpqua River Valley. It is also the county seat of Douglas County, as well as its most populous city. It sits on both sides of the Umpqua River on the I-5 corridor, south of Eugene. Approximately 22,000 people call Roseburg home.
A Brief History
The town of Roseburg got its start and its name from settler Aaron Rose, who came to Oregon from Michigan in 1851. In addition to his homestead, Rose also built the first multifunction structure, which contained a small grocery store, dining room, and kitchen. People coming to make their mark were permitted to sleep in the store and receive meals while they established their own homesteads. A proper hotel and tavern was then built in 1853.
At that time, the town was most commonly referred to as Deer Creek and was chosen as the county seat in 1854. The name was changed to “Roseburgh” in 1857, then shortened to “Roseburg” in 1894. It was then officially incorporated by the Oregon Legislative Assembly in 1872.
Roseburg in the 20th Century & Today
The town continued to grow with the timber industry. Its location on the river and in the middle of the forest made it perfect for this purpose. In 1937, Roseburg Lumber was established alongside other successful timber companies, including Weyerhaeuser, Champion and Sun Studs. By the 1970s, Roseburg was considered the nation’s timber capital. Today the timber industry continues to thrive.
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