The Last of Three Stops: Scottsburg, Oregon

East of the Oregon Highway 38 bridge over the Umpqua River, 20 west of Elkton, Oregon, the town of Scottsburg, Oregon with population of around 308 enjoy a quiet life. Many times I have driven pass this town the feeling of something big happening here once could not I escape so with time to spend I stop in front of an Oregon Historical Marker.

Scottsburg was born in 1850 by Levi Scott after doing a bit a wagon train leading in the mid-1840’s, the stagecoach that ran from Drain through Elkton terminated in Scottsburg were ladies and gentlemen from all walks of life boarded a paddlewheel steamer plying westward to the Pacific Ocean. Passenger and mercantile trade from inland quickly build the town and it may have turned into a major metropolis had it not been for a cataclysmic flood in 1861.

Today a sprinkling of homes and business survive and most traveling along Highway 38 wiz by with barely a nod to the history they pass through. Next time I have the time more exploration will done.

The End

By jimberly

I enjoy photography, writing, walking, nature, reading, and of course the coooolest game on earth HOCKEY! I took up photography in 9th grade and seeing the world in a different light wanting to, of course, photograph everything, unfortunately not everything comes out the way I'd like.

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