It was a hot August evening in 1959 when a truck loaded with 6 and a half tons of explosives pulled into downtown Roseburg, Oregon and parked for the night.
No one could have predicted what would happen next.
The Roseburg Blast of 1959 is an amazing, yet little-known chapter in Oregon history.
You can now experience the fury of the Blast from the locations where it actually took place with your smart phone or mobile device. It includes never-before-seen footage, photos and interviews with first responders to the fire that would set the wheels in motion, resulting in the devastating explosion that would ultimately kill 14 people and level 12 city blocks.
This 12-stop tour is free of charge and begins at the Roseburg Visitors Center, 410 SE Spruce Street in Roseburg, winding through the downtown area before returning to the visitors center. It is about one mile in length and takes one and a half to two hours to complete.
Ready to re-live the Blast? Get yourself to the Roseburg Visitors Center, then click the link located near the top of the page from your smart phone or mobile device to begin our tour.