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The History of Dole Road
February 27, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
On Thursday, Feb. 27, Al Helgeson will present a history of what is currently called the Dole Road, which begins at Myrtle Creek and proceeds as far as Roberts Creek. The road started as part of the Scott Applegate Trail and grew into part of the military and stage road that was the principal north-south road west of the Cascades until the Pacific Highway, now Highway 99, replaced it in 1920. Helgeson also will discuss the history of the community that was known as Oak Grove, Ruckles and, finally, Dole, including its involvement with the stage lines, the railroad and the people who lived there.
Helgeson is a longtime Douglas County resident who lives in the 150-year-old Pitzer Smith House at Ruckles, which his parents bought in 1943. He belongs to the Douglas County Historical Society and is vice president of the South Umpqua Historical Society.