Winchester, Oregon

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Winchester is an unincorporated community in Douglas County, Oregon, United States. It is located four miles north of Roseburg on Interstate 5 and the North Umpqua River.

Winchester was laid out in 1850 by surveyor Addison R. Flint, who was part of an Umpqua exploring expedition from San Francisco.[1] The town was named for one of two brothers named Winchester who took part in the expedition, probably Heman Winchester, who was the expedition's captain.[1] Winchester was the largest settlement in the Umpqua Valley for many years and the county seat until 1854, when it was moved to Roseburg.[1] Winchester post office was established in 1851, and Flint served as the first postmaster.[1] The community was incorporated as a city by the Oregon Legislative Assembly on February 20, 1891.[2]

Winchester Dam in Winchester, constructed in 1890, is on the National Register of Historic Places.[3]


This region experiences warm (but not hot) and dry summers, with no average monthly temperatures above 71.6 °F. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Winchester has a warm-summer Mediterranean climate, abbreviated "Csb" on climate maps.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d McArthur, Lewis A.; Lewis L. McArthur (2003) [1928]. Oregon Geographic Names (Seventh ed.). Portland, Oregon: Oregon Historical Society Press. ISBN 0-87595-277-1. 
  2. ^ Baker, Frank C. (1891). "Special Laws". The Laws of Oregon, and the Resolutions and Memorials of the Sixteenth Regular Session of the Legislative Assembly Thereof (Salem, Oregon: State Printer): 992. 
  3. ^ Oregon National Register List
  4. ^ Climate Summary for Winchester, Oregon

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Coordinates: 43°16′49″N 123°21′09″W / 43.28028°N 123.3525°W / 43.28028; -123.3525