- Land Use Planning
- Historic Resource Program Information
Historic Resource Program Information
History of Douglas County
Douglas County is the fifth largest county in Oregon, with its borders stretching from the shores of the Pacific Ocean to the mountains of the Cascades. The history of Douglas County is just as vast and colorful as its physical setting. Douglas County’s natural resources and pristine lands attracted a diverse group of people. From the native people who originally inhabited the valleys and the mountains of the Umpqua watershed, to the arrival of the fur traders followed by the farmers, fishermen and miners; they were all eager to harvest the bounty from the waters and lands of Douglas County. The history of our predecessors and the activities of today are both closely tied to the splendor of Douglas County.
This website has been established to assist the public in navigating through available resources linking Douglas County’s present to the past. Some funding has been provided from Oregon Parks and Recreation Department: Heritage Programs - Certified Local Government (CLG) grant.
Learn about the values and benefits of owning a protected historic resource.
Chronology of Douglas County History
Look at a timeline of Douglas County History.
Historic Guides & Publications
Part of the rich history of Douglas County comes alive through publications and brochures that highlight different aspects of life in the past. Versions of the brochures and support document are provided for your convenience and the actual publications are available at the Planning Department.
Historic Resource Review Committee
The Douglas County Historic Resource Review Committee was created by the Board of County Commissioners to advise the Board about the County’s historic resources.
Maps of Historic Resources
Sources / Literature
The number of books and publications for historic reference and information has been made available through a Certified Local Government grant. Browse through the descriptions and topics, and then check them out at the Douglas County Library.