Roseburg's 150th Anniversary, 1872 – 2022 On October 3, 1872, Roseburg became officially incorporated by the state of Oregon. That makes this year Roseburg’s 150th birthday. Celebrate Roseburg’s rich past, and blossoming future, with a series of events this fall.
The big event will take place Sunday, Oct. 2, between 12:00pm and 4:00pm. It will be a community-wide party in Stewart Park featuring speeches and a proclamation, music, storytelling, birthday cake and Umpqua Dairy ice cream, a giant birthday card to the city for everyone to sign, the Aaron Rose tent, family-oriented picnic party games and races, kids’ activities, and a “Walk Through Time” of historic photos and figures staked out along the Stewart Park multiuse path.
The program will dig deeply into our community’s rich past to honor the area’s original inhabitants including the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians, who discovered the beautiful Umpqua Valley and this special place where Deer Creek meets the South Umpqua River that we all now call home.
The Aaron Rose Tent, honoring the city’s founder, will be the site for unveiling the City’s restored life-size cutout of Rose that suffered weather damage as it stood for years outside City Hall's front door. Kids’ activities will include sidewalk chalk, bubbles and a traditional tribal activity such as beading or braiding.
Be sure to stop by and sign the Roseburg Sesquicentennial Journal that will be buried in the time capsule and opened for the city’s Bicentennial in 2072! Look for the journal and time capsule under the large pavilion.