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Roseburg, Oregon - Illustrated from the student report "The Blast of 1959" by Kristen Moczkowski, which details the destruction of downtown Roseburg in the wake of an explosion, August 7, 1959

Douglas County's Local Legacy

This celebration of the community's logging tradition is chronicled by high school juniors, who interviewed local elders, collected photographs, and conducted research at the Douglas County Museum Library and in local newspapers. Documentation includes ten student reports on various historical aspects of the community, from timbering to floods, the local market, and a family history.

Douglas County, established in 1852, is named for U.S. Senator Steven A. Douglas (1813-1861), an enthusiastic supporter of Oregon, who once ran for President against Abraham Lincoln. The county, which extends from the Pacific Ocean to the Cascade Mountains, contains nearly 2.8 million acres of commercial forest lands. Approximately 25 percent of the county's labor force is employed in the forest products industry, which includes sawmills and veneer plants. The County Parks Department, the first in Oregon, has more than 50 parks in its system. More than half of county land is owned by the federal government, and is managed by the U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land management.

Originally submitted by: Pete DeFazio, Representative (4th District).



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