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Umpqua County, Oregon

Umpqua County was a county located in the U.S. state of Oregon. It was created on January 24, 1851, by the Oregon Territorial Legislature embracing the lands along the Umpqua River in southwestern Oregon.[1] Gold had been discovered in the Umpqua region, which brought a rapid increase of settlers to the new county. The first meeting of the Umpqua County Court was in Elkton in 1852; later the county government was moved to Green Valley and Yoncalla.

On January 7, 1852, the territorial legislature created Douglas County from the eastern part of Umpqua County.[1] On December 22, 1853, part of the western portion of the county was included in the newly formed Coos County.[1] Finally, on October 16, 1862, the remainder of Umpqua county was incorporated into Douglas County.

Some accounts state this was because of decreased population following the end of the local gold rush; other accounts[2] state that politics caused the county's end.

See also


  1. ^ a b c Colmer, Montagu;  
  2. ^ Douglas County in McArthur, Lewis A.; Lewis L. McArthur (2003) [1928]. Oregon Geographic Names (Seventh ed.).  

External links

  • Hand-Book Almanac for the Pacific States
  • Douglas County History from the Oregon Historical County Records Guide

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