Roseburg is the seat of Douglas County
. It lies on the north-south route of Interstate 5
, as well as being the eastern terminus of Highway 42 to Coos Bay and the coast; and of Highway 138, which follows the North Umpqua to Crater Lake National Park
Settled in 1851, the town was called Deer Creek, but was later named after Aaron Rose, who in 1854 plotted the townsite. It was incorporated in 1872.
Today Roseburg, population 20,200, is the hub of a major lumbering industry and processes the products of sheep and cattle ranches, as well as fruit orchards. Tourism also is economically important; visitors enjoy covered bridges, mid-1800s-era homes, wineries and the nationally recognized Douglas County Museum of History and Natural History. In addition, nearby Wildlife Safari is recommended for hunting with a camera. Roseburg is the headquarters of the Umpqua National Forest, and the area is well known for hunting and fishing.
For a FREE vacation guide to Southern Oregon, contact Southern Oregon Visitors Association.