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.

September meeting

2018 CALENDARS ON SALE
Did you miss the Historical Society meeting yesterday? The Historical Society meets at 2PM on the 4th Friday at Myrtle Creek City Hall...each month (except for December).  If the 4th Friday lands on a holiday weekend, such as the Friday after Thanksgiving, the meeting will be held a week earlier, on the third Friday of the month.  I'll try to post a meeting reminder here each month.

Among the things discussed at the meeting was the fact that a shipment of the new 2018 calendars will be arriving around October 2nd. The theme for the vintage photographs included in the 2018 calendar is businesses along Hwy 99 south of the City....Tri-City to Surprise Valley....in the 1940s, 50s and 60sz. The cover features Del's Building Supply.  Calendars are available for $15 each, as usual (Historical Society members receive a $5 discount).

August meeting

Preview of 2018 calendar cover

The next meeting of the Myrtle Creek Historical Society is this Friday, Aug 25, at 2 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers.

Among other things, on the agenda will be discussion of the 2018 calendar. Theme for 2018 is "Business Route 99 from Tri City to Surprise Valley when Tourism Boomed During 40s, 50s & 60s".  We'll also discuss 2019 calendar and other potential fundraisers.



July Meeting Notice


The next meeting of the Myrtle Creek Historical Society is this Friday, July 28, 2017, at 2 p.m. at Myrtle Creek City Hall, Council Chambers.

Among other things, on the agenda will be final selection of vintage photos for the 2018 calendar.  Theme for 2018 is "Business Route 99 South of the City when Tourism Boomed During 50’s & 60’s".

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.