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Douglas County Overview

Douglas County was named for U.S. Senator Steven A. Douglas (1813-1861). Senator Douglas was a Democratic candidate for the Presidency against Abraham Lincoln in 1860, and he was an enthusiastic Oregon supporter in the Congress. When first created on January 24, 1851, the County was part of Umpqua County. On January 7, 1852, the Territorial Legislature created new boundaries and renamed it Douglas County.

The County extends from sea level at the Pacific Ocean to 9,182 foot Mt. Thielsen in the Cascade Mountains. It has the entire Umpqua River watershed within its boundaries, and it contains nearly 2.8 million acres of commercial forest lands.

Approximately 25% of Douglas County's labor force is employed in the forest products industry which includes numerous sawmills and veneer plants, as well as one pulp and one particle board plant, and numerous shingle, shake, pole and other wood products plants. Agriculture is an important factor in the economy with field crops, orchards, and livestock as major products. The County Parks Department, the first in Oregon, has over 50 parks in the system. They range from large facilities with overnight camping to small boat launching access points.

Over 50% of the land area of the County is owned by the Federal Government. These lands are managed by the U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land management. The 2010 census counted 107,667 people in Douglas County. There are 12 incorporated cities in the County: Canyonville, Drain, Elkton, Glendale, Myrtle Creek, Oakland, Reedsport, Riddle, Roseburg, Sutherlin, Winston, and Yoncalla.


Facts About Douglas County

Established: January 7, 1852
   
Location: Southwestern Oregon
   
Area:
Square Miles:
Acres:
5,071
3,240,360
   
Average High Temp:
July:
January
84 Fahrenheit
48 Fahrenheit
   
Annual Rainfall: 35 Inches (Roseburg)
   
Elevation:
Minimum:
Maximum:
Sea level
9,182 Feet
   
Population:
1980 Census
2000
2010
93,750
100,399
107,667
   
County Seat:
Location
Population
Roseburg
23,379 (2018)
   
Cities:
Number:
Populations:
Twelve
170 to 18,635
   
Principal Industries:
Forest Products
Tourism
Agriculture
Fishing
   
Points of Interest:
Crater Lake National Park
Diamond Lake
Douglas County Museum
Galesville Dam
Mt. Thielsen
Oakland Historic District
Oregon Dunes Nat'l Rec. Area
Salmon Harbor
Umpqua Lighthouse
Vineyards and Wineries
Wildlife Safari
   
Scenic Drives:
North Umpqua River and Waterfalls
Upper South Umpqua River
Cow Creek - Glendale to Roseburg
Umpqua River - Elkton to Reedsport

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