Welcome to Riddle

 

 

First settled in the mid 1800’s by the William H. Riddle family, the idyllic rural community of Riddle, Oregon(pop. 1,185)  is nestled in one of the many “valleys of the Umpqua”.  The Umpqua River is on the Pacific coast of Oregon and drains an expansive network of valleys in the mountains west of the Cascade Range. The "Hundred Valleys of the Umpqua" form the heart of the timber industry of southern Oregon. 

Our town is a “timber town” and is the home of six (6) lumber product mills. 

Up until the late 1980’s, this area was also known for nickel mining, with several square miles of nickel bearing gamierite surface deposits nearby.  This was the only nickel mine within the United States, until it closed for a third  and  final time  in 1998. 

 Our quiet little village, situated comfortably along Cow Creek,  is only a stone’s throw away from the busy I-5 corridor.  Riddle  is part of the “South Douglas County” neighborhood which includes the other small communities of Myrtle Creek (pop. 3,439), Canyonville (pop.1,884), Glendale (pop. 874),  Days Creek (pop. 272), Tiller, Azalea, Milo & Drew.

We are considered a bedroom community to Roseburg, a small “city” 25 miles north on Interstate 5.  Airports are located 1 hour north in Eugene, 3 hours north in Portland and 1 hours south in Medford.

Set in the foothills between the picturesque Southern Oregon Coastal Range and the magnificent Cascade Mountain Range, we are surrounded by the mighty Douglas Fir tree.  Wildlife thrive in the area - with deer, salmon, turkey, bear, cougar and elk being seen often. Bird watching, fishing, and hunting are favorite past times of local residents.

We are located in the “banana belt” of the Northwest.   Normally, mild day time temperatures range from the low 40’s in the winter to the mid 80’s in the summer.  Occasional gentle breezes flow thru the valley, with the average lowest wind speeds recorded in the U.S. Average rainfall is 33 inches a year, usually falling between the months of November and May.

Strolling down main street in town, you will find a bank, post office, a quilt shop, a restaurant/bar, fitness center, beauty salon, art studio, mini-market, dentist office, computer and automotive repair business, ice cream shop, and a liquor store.  From the weathered faces of loggers, the tenacious faces of small business owners, the hard working faces of mill workers, and the enduring faces of generations of local families this rural community greets newcomers with a friendly smile and a warm invitation to join their cooperative spirit in continuing to make Riddle the best place to live in Oregon.

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            Community Calender of Events 2014


Jan 25
......................Sawdust Jubilee Dinner & Auction @ Riddle Community Center 5:30pm
                                   541-643-0579 for more info
Feb 18   ...................AARP Tax Prep Assistance . . . .Community Center  To Make An Appointment call 
                                 
541-492-2101
Feb 24 ...................  AARP Tax Prep Assistance . . . .Community Center  To Make An Appointment call
                                 
541-492-2101

 
Mar 4....................   AARP Tax Prep Assistance . . . .Community Center    To Make An Appointment call
                                 
541-492-2101 

 
Mar 5...................   Cover Oregon (Health Insurance Assistance) - Community Center @ Noon
                                 
541-492-3907 (Susie Forte)
                                  Forte)
  
 Mar 8.....................  Riddle Charter School Masquerade Ball (Western Theme) @ Riddle Masonic Hall 
                                  Doors open 6pm * Dinner at 7pm  * $30/person  $50/couple * Please RSVP to

                                  541-874-3202
   
 
Mar 10-28............   Pennies for Patients/Lukemia Foundation - RHS Community 101 Leadership Class
                                 
541-874-3202     


Mar 11
...................   AARP Tax Prep Assistance . . . .Community Center   To Make An Appointment call
                                  
541-492-2101

 Mar 18..................   AARP Tax Prep Assistance . . . .Community Center   To Make An Appointment call
                                 
541-492-2101


Mar 24-28   SPRING BREAK

Mar 25 ...................  AARP Tax Prep Assistance . . . .Community Center   To Make An Appointment call
                                 
541-492-2101
April 1 ...................... AARP Tax Prep Assistance. . . . . . Community Center   To Make An Appointment call
                               
  541-492-2101

April  8 ...................... AARP Tax Prep Assistance. . . . . . Community Center   To Make An Appointment call
                               
   541-492-2101


April 12...................
Spring Craft Fair - Riddle Community Center   10am - 4pm
                                   541-476-4021



 
April 15 .....................AARP Tax Prep Assistance. . . . . . Community Center   To Make An Appointment call
                               
  
541-492-2101                     


April 17 ....................Sawdust Jubilee Bare Root Tree Sale Begins <more>

Apr 23.....................  Dinner Theatre / Riddle High School Play. . . . . .Tickets & Info call 541-874-2251 

Apr 24-25
............. . Riddle High School Play. . . . . .Elementary School Gym. . . .Tickets & Info call 541-874-2251

April 26
................... Riddle Spring Happenings  <MORE> 

May 3......................   Riddle High School Prom  . . . . .RHS GYM  @ 9pm - Midnight


June 7......................Riddle High School Graduation @ HS Gym 6pm

June 12....................Last Day of School

July 2-4 ...................Riddle Sawdust Jubilee <MORE>

July 4 ......................Annual Pot Sale @ Clay Potential Pottery

Oct 4 ........................Fall Craft Fair @ Riddle Community Center  10am-4pm  541-476-4021

Dec 4-6 ...................Glenbrook Country Christmas Crafts -Riddle Masonic Hall

Dec 12- 13 .............1st Baptist Church Bake Sale & Bazaar

Dec 13 .....................Christmas Craft Fair @ Riddle Community Center 10am - 4pm
                                    541-476-4021

Dec 13
.......................FREE Chili or Salad, Hot Chocolate, Coffee & Water  3-5pm
                                    Riddle First Baptist Church -Main St.


Dec 13 ......................1st Baptist Church Children's Christmas Program 6:30pm
                                    PUBLIC WELCOME

Dec 13 ......................Annual Timber Truckers Light Parade will begin at 5:30 pm
                                  




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