Oregon Historical County Records Guide
Douglas County Records Inventory
Road and Bridge Records
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.
Records at the Douglas County Courthouse, Clerk's Archives:
Index to Roads [Dockets], 1890-1980 (1 volume);
Index to Roads, vol. 1, 1872-n.d. (1 volume);
Lower Umpqua Roads [includes road and bridge plans and specifications and road improvement district records], 1925-1931 (1 cu.ft.);
Market Roads [Case Files], ca.1918-ca.1920 (2 cu.ft.);
[Miscellaneous Maps and Plans-includes courthouse, courthouse additions, Douglas County Home, bridges, Umpqua River], ca.1920-ca.1997 (ca.200 maps and drawings);
Misc. Road Petitions, ca.1891-ca.1916 (.75 cu.ft.);
Old Road Records [includes maps, survey notes, petitions, viewers' reports], 1858-1891 (2.50 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. 500-1106, 1923-1980 (15 cu.ft.);
Road Petitions Dismissed, 1893-1920 (1.20 cu.ft.);
Road Petitions [Dockets], no. 1-499.5, ca.1890-ca.1924 (5 cu.ft.);
Road Record, vol. 2-11, 1872-1957 (10 volumes);
Roads & Maps [Designation of Roads], 1979 (3 reels of microfilm);
[RR1-Road Record-includes survey notes, maps, viewers' reports, petitions], 1854-1870 (1 volume).
Records at the Douglas County Courthouse, Clerk's Elections Office:
[General Highway Map Douglas County Oregon], 1967 (1 volume).
Records at the Douglas County Courthouse, Public Works Engineering
[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 Courthouse, Surveyor's Office:
[General Highway Map Douglas County Oregon], 1958 (1 volume); 1967 (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 Long Range Planning
and Mapping Section Office:
[Miscellaneous Flat Maps, Plans, and Aerial Photographs-includes quadrangle, wetlands, tsunami, forest cover, coastal, highway, etc.], ca.1960-present (ca.250 maps and photographs);
[Miscellaneous Rolled Maps, Plans, and Aerial Photographs-includes floodplain, wildlife habitat, soil, contour, vicinity, roads, bikeways, etc.], ca.1960-present (ca.200 maps and photographs).
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).