Oregon Trails: Christmas Flood of ’64

Medford, Ore. — The flood of 1964 hit during Christmas week. A storm track five-hundred miles wide from Hawai top the Pacific Coast mixed with cold Arctic air producing something of a perfect storm for creating floods across five western states. There was a raging torrent that caused hundreds of millions of dollars damage and … Continue reading »

Oregon Trails-Highway 140

LAKEVIEW, Ore.–For 50 years, the primary road between Klamath Falls and Medford has been state highway 140. When it opened a half century ago, it largely replaced the 40 year old Greensprings highway. But that was only a portion of the highway that had been on the wish list for Oregon and Nevada officials for … Continue reading »

Oregon Trails: Highway 140

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — From the time the first settlers arrived in Oregon, travel and transportation was a real difficulty. By the early 1920’s Oregon led the nation in getting highways built north and south, from border to border, but the east-west connections came later, and continue to challenge officials and shippers. For fifty years, … Continue reading »

Oregon Trails-Trophy Train

MEDFORD, Ore.–World War One opened the eyes of millions of people to the horrors of modern warfare, with massive armies, tanks, gas attacks, and the first time the airplane was used as a tool of warfare. And it cost hundreds of millions of dollars and took millions of lives. To pay for that most countries, … Continue reading »

Oregon Trails: Prohibition

  Grants Pass, Ore.–The passage earlier this month of a statewide ballot measure legalizing recreational marijuana comes almost exactly a hundred years since the prohibition of alcohol.  Oregon was one of the first states to outlaw alcohol. But by the time Oregon voters got a chance to vote whether to outlaw alcoholic beverages, some southern … Continue reading »

Oregon Trails-Crack-in-the-Ground

CHRISTMAS VALLEY, Ore.–There are several  geologic features in the world where the ground seems to have just split open. But there are not many like this where you can explore the bottom of the crevass for the entire two mile length. This is called simply, “Crack-in-the-Ground.”          It was formed thousands of years ago when an … Continue reading »

Oregon Trails-1864 Treaty

FT. KLAMATH, Ore.–For what may be the first time in decades, Klamath tribal leaders and those interested in Klamath Basin history trekked to what is widely believed to be the grove of pines called “council grove.” This is the place where, on October 14th, 1864, U.S. government officials and chiefs from the Klamath, Modoc and … Continue reading »

Oregon Trails: 1864 Treaty

(OREGON TRAILS) — It was 150 years ago today that a treaty was signed with Indians in what is now known as the Klamath Basin, impacting politics and relations to this day. Todd Kepple, manager of the Klamath County Museum, explains, “When the government first asked the Klamath tribes what land they felt they were entitled to, … Continue reading »

Oregon Trails-Josephine County Name

NEAR KERBY, Oregon–Crystal clear water babbles quietly down Josephine Creek, not far from the place where more than 160 years ago gold was first discovered on one of the largest tributaries of the Illinois river. And it was there that a California-bound immigrant family, including Virginia Josephine Rollins camped for a few months. Toni Webb … Continue reading »

Oregon Trails-Walter Phillips

  ASHLAND, Ore.–At a special pre-game ceremony before this year’s Ashland High School homecoming game, senior student Hope Baldrica presented her senior project. It’s a special photo engraved enameled steel plaque honoring the football field’s namesake, Walter A. Phillips. But most people had no idea who Phillips was or what he did. Ashland historian George … Continue reading »

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