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Lookingglass, Oregon

Census-designated place

The Palmer Camp at Lookinglass in 1908
Location within the state of Oregon

Coordinates: 43°11′05″N 123°30′00″W / 43.1848024°N 123.4999030°W / 43.1848024; -123.4999030Coordinates: 43°11′05″N 123°30′00″W / 43.1848024°N 123.4999030°W / 43.1848024; -123.4999030

Country United States
State Oregon
County Douglas
Founded by Hoy Flournoy
Elevation[1] 597 ft (182 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 855
ZIP code 97471
Area codes 458 and 541

Lookingglass is an unincorporated community and census-designated place in the Lookingglass Valley of Douglas County, Oregon, United States, about 9 miles (14 km) southwest of Roseburg.[1] As of the 2010 census it had a population of 855.[3] Lookingglass is considered a suburb of Roseburg.[4]


The valley was named in 1846 by surveyor Hoy Flournoy, who said the beautiful green grass of the valley reflected light almost as well as a mirror.[4][5] Flournoy later returned to settle in the area.[6]

The Lookingglass Store, built circa 1875, was once the terminus for the Oakland to Lookingglass stage and freight road.[6] It was also the beginning of the Coos Bay Wagon Road. Today the store continues to serve as the hub of the community.[6] Lookingglass also has a school, a grange hall, a church and a fire station.[6] Lookingglass post office closed in 1942.[6]

In the 1970s, Lookingglass, population 40 at the time, received national media attention for installing a two-horse parking meter, a telephone booth, and a fire hydrant.[2][7] Lookingglass became a minor tourist attraction.[2][8] When the fire hydrant was dedicated in 1971, it was accompanied by two manhole covers, which covered nothing, donated by a Eugene, Oregon iron company and the mayor of Cedar Rapids, Iowa.[9]

David Brinkley anchored his segment of the NBC Nightly News from the steps of the Lookingglass Store in about 1970.[6] Chet Huntley, David Brinkley's co-anchor of the Huntley-Brinkley Report, was the great-grandson of the Lookingglass area's first settler, Daniel Huntley, who arrived in 1851.[6][10]

The James Wimer Octagonal Barn near Lookingglass was built in 1892 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[11][12]


Lookingglass Elementary School is part of the Winston-Dillard School District.[13] It was founded in 1898 and currently serves grades kindergarten through six.[13]

See also


External links

  • Historic images of Lookingglass from Salem Public Library
  • University of Oregon Digital Collections
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