Roseburg prepares for Blast anniversary
The Douglas County Library and Douglas County Museum are planning 50-year anniversary events, commemorating the Roseburg "blast" that occurred August 7, 1959.
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#1 Jul 20, 2009
i was born in roseburg in 1946, and grew up there..we lived on w brown and when the blast went off, it knocked me out of bed..i ran to my parents bedroom and we saw the axle of the truck go above mt nebo.( we thought it was the axle, but i guess it could have been about anything)...my grandfather owned the rooming house next to penneys on jackson street..we went up there to see if they needed any help...jackson st looked like it was paved in glass..glen gosline, who had a jewelry store next to penneys, was shoveling glass and jewelry back into his store..we took my grandparents home with us..i was a student at central jr high, which was only two blocks away...we finished that year going half days sharing the other jr high school...i remember the story going nationwide, and a story in either life magazine, or the saturday evening post, i cant remember which...it really was a tragedy, and there were lots of heroes...i remember seeing firefighters shooting water on the big propane tanks that were acroos the street from the building...in fact when we first heard the explosion, my dad thought it was the propane tanks that blew.
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