Diane Goeres-Gardner's book Roseburg appeared in March, 2010. This photo-history book, published by Arcadia Publishing, examines the history of Roseburg, a major city in Southern Oregon. Using black-and-white vintage images from the county museum and others donated by local citizens, it traces the growth of a town from its infancy in 1851 through its trials and triumphs over time. Arcadia Publishing released Roseburg as part of their Images of America Series in 2010.

The Douglas County Museum of Natural and Cultural History was established in 1969 and houses an extensive library of artifacts, literature, and photographs related to Roseburg. The dedicated staff and volunteers were vital participants in compiling the 200 images in this volume.

Originally called Deer Creek, Roseburg was the creation of entrepreneur Aaron Rose. After becoming county seat for Douglas County in 1854, the city's growth was assured. Roseburg became the bridge between the populated Willamette Valley and the mining districts of Southern Oregon. Situated in a panoramic valley created by the North and South Umpqua Rivers, Roseburg's population increased dramatically over the next 155 years. In 1872, the Oregon and California Railroad arrived and the city became a major center of commerce in Oregon. Today Roseburg continues to present a serene and picturesque face to cars rushing by on I-5.

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"Aaron Rose, the founder of Roseburg, was born in Ulster County,  New York, on June 20, 1813. His foresight and vision created the right circumstances for the town to thrive. Besides building a large home open to visitors, he helped organize many of the clubs and volunteer organizations necessary to improve the community. He died at age 86 on March 11, 1899." 
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"The Metropolitan Hotel was the first large hotel built in Roseburg. Opening for business in 1857 as the Eagle Hotel, it catered to stagecoach passengers traveling between Portland and San Francisco. It burned down in 1884, destroying nearly two blocks of downtown."
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"The city started with a population of 203 in 1860, and had grown to 4,924 residents by 1940. The surrounding mountains protect the valley and help create a mild climate perfect for agriculture. Farming has always been a mainstay of the county, producing prunes and turkeys in the early 1900s, and grapes and blueberries today. World War II introduced better technology and created a demand for lumber and jobs in the forests surrounding the city. In 1932, only 37 sawmills existed in the county, but by 1948 there were 278. Roseburg quickly designated itself the timber capital of the nation." 
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Book Review: ROSEBURG
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"The short chapters include the building of a city; commerce; plays, parades and clubs in the city; wheels illustrating the means of transportation; disasters and finally famous faces.

Some of the famous faces  are notorious characters like bank robbers and murderers. Among those notorious characters is Dr. R. M. Brumfield, a dentist who murdered a Myrtle Creek man, and the stories of rival newspaper editors shooting it out on a Roseburg street. But more important are the faces of the pioneers who literally carved Roseburg and Douglas County out of the wilderness."

Bill Duncan, journalist for The News Review.
From "The Elder Statesman," March 5, 2010.


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