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.