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No, it's not because of a big bathtub

Since You Asked

My wife and I are new to Southern Oregon and recently found ourselves in Drain. Later we found ourselves wondering where a town would ever get such a name?

' Charles A., Medford

Drain on the brain, eh?

The original donation claim was taken up by Warren Goodell, who sold it to Jesse Applegate, who in 1861 sold it to Charles Drain.

When the Oregon and California Railroad finally reached that part of Douglas County in 1872, Charles Drain sold 60 acres to the railroad for &

36;1, and the railroad in return agreed to lay out a town to be named Drain.

A post office under the name was established April 25, 1872. Charles Drain's son, J.C., who would serve in the Oregon Legislature and become speaker of the house, built the big Queen Anne house there.

Drain is west of Interstate 5, at the intersection of state highways 38 and 99, about 40 miles north of Roseburg.

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