Umpqua County, Oregon

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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[citation needed] 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.

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  1. ^ a b c Colmer, Montagu; Charles Erskine Scott Wood (1910). History of the Bench and Bar of Oregon. Historical Pub. Co. p. 13. 
  2. ^ Douglas County in McArthur, Lewis A.; Lewis L. McArthur (2003) [1928]. Oregon Geographic Names (Seventh ed.). Portland, Oregon: Oregon Historical Society Press. ISBN 0-87595-277-1. 

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Coordinates: 43°10′N 123°10′W / 43.167°N 123.167°W / 43.167; -123.167