County Seat: Courthouse, 1036 SE Douglas Ave., Roseburg 97470
Phone: 541-440-4323 (General); 541-957-2409 (Court Administrator)
Population (2011): 107,795
Established: Jan. 7, 1852
Elev. at Roseburg: 479'
Area: 5,071 sq. mi.
Average Temp.: January 41.2° July 68.4°
Assessed Value: $7,944,030,545
Real Market Value: $13,567,485,267
Annual Precipitation: 33.35"
Economy: Forest products, mining, agriculture, fishing and recreation
Points of interest
Winchester Bay, Salmon Harbor, Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, North Umpqua River, Diamond Lake, historic Oakland, Wildlife Safari, Douglas County Museum, wineries
History and general information
Douglas County was named for U.S. Senator Stephen A. Douglas, Abraham Lincoln’s opponent in the presidential election of 1860 and an ardent congressional advocate for Oregon. Douglas County was created in 1852 from the portion of Umpqua County which lay east of the Coast Range summit. In 1862, Douglas County absorbed what remained of Umpqua County.
Douglas County extends from sea level at the Pacific Ocean to 9,182-foot Mt. Thielsen in the Cascade Range. The Umpqua River marks the dividing line between northern and southern Oregon, and its entire watershed lies within the county’s boundaries. The county contains nearly 2.8 million acres of commercial forest lands and the largest stand of old growth timber in the world, which still provides the region’s main livelihood. Approximately 25 percent of the labor force is employed in the forest products industry. Agriculture includes field crops, orchards and livestock. Over 50 percent of the land area of the county is federal public land.
Commissioners—Joe Laurance 2015, Susan Morgan 2017, Doug Robertson 2017; Dist. Atty. Richard Wesenberg 2017; Assess. Susan Acree 2015; Clerk Patricia Hitt 2017; Justices of the Peace Candace Hissong 2019, Stephen H. Miller 2019, Carol Roberts 2019, Russell Trump 2015; Sheriff John Hanlin 2017; Surv. Randy Smith 2015; Treas. James Rudolph 2017