The goal of the Historical Society is to preserve the history of the City of Myrtle Creek and the surrounding communities in the 97457 Zip Code area.

Images of America: Myrtle Creek




The Images of America book series chronicles the history of small towns across the country. Each title features 127 pages of vintage photographs, capturing often forgotten bygone times and bringing to life the people,places and events that defined a community. The Myrtle Creek Historical Society is proud to announce that Myrtle Creek has been added to the book series. The book is available direct from the publisher, from the Historical Society (in person or by mail), at Myrtle Creek City Hall, on Amazon.com plus many retail outlets. 

The Images of America series celebrates the history of neighborhoods, towns, and cities across the country. Using archival photographs, each title presents the distinctive stories from the past that shape the character of the community today.

The Scott-Applegate Trail, the first route through Southern Oregon,crossed Myrtle Creek where it flows into the South Umpqua River. The gold rush of 1849 and the subsequent discovery of gold in Southern Oregon sent waves of miners down this trail in their quest for gold. Attracted by Myrtle Creek’s rich and picturesque valleys, many returned to file their land claims here. Stores and mills were built to supply the gold miners, and the town rapidly grew to bean important stop along the route.
Myrtle Creek incorporated as a city in 1893, and prosperity followed. A thriving prune industry, truck farms, gold mines, and lumber mills nurtured the economy until the Depression. Following World War II, a burgeoning population fueled by an exploding timber industry made Myrtle Creek a boomtown for many years. When Interstate 5 bypassed Myrtle Creek in 1965, the area took on the charm of a quiet country town—a safe place to raise children or retire in comfort.
The Myrtle Creek Historical Society selected the best photographs of people, places, and events occurring in the city’s first century.  Photographs from the Douglas County Museum of History and Natural History, City archives, and private collections were scouted to present more than 200 unique images of Myrtle Creek and its surrounding communities.

Meeting notice



The next meeting of the Myrtle Creek Historical Society is this Friday, May 19th at 2 p.m. at Myrtle Creek City Hall. That's a week earlier than normal due to the holiday.
Photo is old Grist Mill and the short-lived Myrtle Creek covered bridge ca.1905.

Meeting Reminder

The next meeting of the Myrtle Creek Historical Society is this Friday, March 24, 2017 at 2 p.m. in the Myrtle Creek City Hall Council Chambers.  Meetings are always casual and open to the public.  Anyone interested in history of 97457 area is encouraged to attend.  You do not need to be member of Historical Society to attend.

Among other things, on the agenda will be attempting to identify a number of  vintage photos that we've recently acquired. Can you identify the man in the photo above or the make & year of the car? Photo dated May 16, 1928.


Meeting Reminder


The next meeting of the Myrtle Creek Historical Society is this Friday, October 28th at 1:30 p.m. in the Myrtle Creek City Hall Council Chambers.  Meetings are always casual and open to the public.  Anyone interested in history of 97457 area is encouraged to attend.  You do not need to be member of Historical Society to attend.

Among other things, on the agenda will be researching first families, adopting amended bylaws and selecting a logo for the Historical Society from rough draft of a dozen designs.  A new supply of 2017 calendars (of vintage photos) are available for purchase.



Meeting notice



The next meeting of the Myrtle Creek Historical Society is this Friday, September 23rd, 2016 at 1:30 p.m. at Myrtle Creek City Hall in the Council Chambers.

This is the first meeting following the new schedule of holding meetings on the fourth Friday of each month instead of the last Friday.

Agenda topics include writing historical articles, our 2017 calendar, dedication of Rio sign, family history of the first familîes to settle Myrtle Creek (from 1850 to 1900), pioneer cooking, and possibility of a Myrtle Creek Heritage Center.

Meeting tomorrow



The next meeting of the Myrtle Creek Historical Society will be held this Friday, August 26, 2016 at 1:30 PM at Myrtle Creek City Hall.  Everyone is invited to attend.

2017 Calendars Are Here


The annual calendar of vintage photographs published by the Myrtle Creek Historical Society is now available for 2017.  The theme this year is "farming in early years ....prunes, hops and grain". Calendars are $15 each.   Email us with your request or contact Darrell Bangs. Calendars are also available at Historical Society meetings.  The next one is this Friday, August 26 at City Hall [1:30 PM].

There's also a few 2016 calendars left if you need one to complete your collection!