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Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Douglas County Records Inventory

Road and Bridge Records

1850-[ongoing]

Series documents the development, construction, maintenance, and improvement of county roads and bridges. Records include bonds, general road and highway maps, petitions to have roads constructed or altered, notices, complaints, vacation records, and correspondence. Information includes road numbers and names and descriptions of the activity occurring on the road. Information concerning county roads may be available on the Integrated Road Information System (IRIS) at the county road office. Technical road survey maps may be found in the series titled Road Maps and Survey Notes.

Since 1980 road easements, rights-of-way, and vacations have been filed in the Commissioners Journal Proceedings (County Commissioners Administrative Journals). An updated computer database providing access to these records is maintained by the Public Works Department, Engineering Office. The Survey Access & Retrieval System maintained by the Surveyor's Office includes assessor maps, city street maps, condominium plats, dedicated street maps, land partition plats, railroad right-of-way maps, subdivision plats, survey plats, county road maps, corner survey plats, GLO/BLM plats and notes, and Donation Land Claim notes dating from ca.1853 to the present. The Douglas County Geographic Information System includes a variety of GIS-based mapping information related to land corner restoration, contours, soils, parcels, townships, Donation Land Claims, Homesteads, mining claims, roads, highways, reservoirs, and other features as well as assessor map and aerial photograph information.

Records at the Douglas County Courthouse, Clerk's Archives Storage Room:
Commissioners Proceedings Roads Bridges [Records-includes agreements, plans, specifications, and related records], 1987-2006 (3 cu.ft.);
Commissioners Proceedings Roads Designated [Records-includes contracts, plans, specifications, and related records], 1973-2005 (10 cu.ft.);
[General Highway Map of Douglas County-Atlas-includes aerial photomaps], 1967 (1 volume);
Market Roads [Case Files], ca.1918-ca.1920 (2 cu.ft.);
Old Road Records [includes maps, survey notes, petitions, viewers' reports], 1858-1891 (4 cu.ft.);
Pacific Hwy Road Districts Contracts [Highway-includes road district minutes], 1917-1928 (2.50 cu.ft.);
Road Contracts, 1964-1979 (2 cu.ft.);
Road Dockets [includes maps, reports, vacations, agreements, resolutions, orders], no. 1-1110, ca.1890-1980 (20 cu.ft.);
[Road Petition and Vacation Records], ca.1870-ca.1920 (1 cu.ft.).

Records at the Douglas County Courthouse, Clerk's Records Vault 115:
[Miscellaneous Maps and Plans-includes courthouse, courthouse additions, Douglas County Home, roads districts, bridges, subdivisions, Umpqua River-rolled], ca.1915-ca.1997 (ca.200 maps and drawings);
Road Records [includes survey notes, maps, viewers' reports, petitions], 1854-1870 (1 volume).

Records at the Douglas County Courthouse, Clerk's Genealogy Room:
General Highway Map Douglas County Oregon, 1979 (7 maps);
Index to Roads [Dockets], 1890-1980 (1 volume);
Index to Roads, vol. 1, 1872-n.d. (1 volume);
Road Record, vol. 2-11, 1872-1957 (10 volumes).

Records at the Douglas County Courthouse, Assessor's Office Cartography Side Room:
Road District Boundaries [Record-Typescript], 1922-1932 (1 volume).

Records at the Douglas County Courthouse, Public Works Engineering Office:
[Road Right-of-Way Records-includes county and private roads], ca.1850-present (32 cu.ft.);
Roads [Case Files-includes survey copies, resolutions, orders, correspondence, and related records], 1960-present (18 cu.ft.);
Roads Prior to 1960 [Case Files-includes survey copies, resolutions, orders, correspondence, and related records], ca.1925-1959 (13 cu.ft.).

Records at the Douglas County Justice Building, Surveyor's Office, Room 105:
[General Highway Map Douglas County Oregon], 1958, 1967, 1979 (1 volume);
Misc. Maps [Miscellaneous-includes roads, highways, vicinity, quadrangle], ca.1910-ca.1979 (ca.75 maps);
Old OSHD Hardcopies [Oregon State Highway Department-includes road survey maps], ca.1936-ca.1966 (ca.80 maps);
OSHD [Oregon State Highway Department Maps-also includes miscellaneous county and vicinity maps], ca.1966-1980 (ca.100 maps).

Records at the Douglas County Justice Building, Planning Department Office:
Deed Cards [County Road Reference Cards-by township and range], ca.1852-n.d. (1.50 cu.ft.).

Records at the Douglas County Justice Building, Planning and Building Department Storage Room 119:
[Miscellaneous Flat and Rolled Maps-includes highway, road, forest, wetlands, coastal, vicinity, comprehensive plan overlay, etc.], ca.1960-present (ca.300 maps).

Records at the Douglas County Courthouse, Land Department Office:
[General Highway Maps of Douglas County], 1958 (1 volume).

Records at the Douglas County Education Service District Office, Vault:
District Boundary Board School and Roads, 1913-1926 (1 volume).

Records at the Douglas County Web Site:
Douglas County Street Directory [Street and Road Maps and Aerial Photographs-searchable], n.d.-present (Internet).

 

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