Created By: Myrtle Creek Historical Society
Myrtle Creek is located in southern Oregon along Interstate 5 and was named after the creek that flows through the valley and the Myrtle trees that grow abundantly in the area. In 1846 a survey party, led by Jesse Applegate and Levi Scott, searched for an easier and less hazardous route for pioneers headed to Oregon. The route they scouted became known as the Scott-Applegate Trail and part of it followed the South Umpqua River through the future site of Myrtle Creek.
Myrtle Creek is one of the earliest settlements in southern Oregon and is the site of the longest undisturbed remnant of the Scott-Applegate Trail, the first grist mill in southern Oregon, the shortest covered bridge, a landmark bridge designed by Conde B. McCullough, and a river known for gold panning and fishing.
Although there are historic sites outside of the Central Business District, this walkīng tour will focus on just the homes and commercial buildings located downtown between 1st and 3rd Avenue. Beginning at the public parking area by Millsite Park and the Elks Lodge, it should be an easy walk for the average person. Of course, there's no reason why you couldn't drive the route.