Oregon Trails: Drive-Through Theatres

MEDFORD, Ore. — Since 1908, movies have flickered across the silver screen of theatres in Southern Oregon. The first known movie house in Medford was called the Bijou, and was next to what was later the Winans Furniture store on East Main Street. With movies running only a few minutes at a time on a … Continue reading »

Oregon Trails: Grants Pass Sister City

(OREGON TRAILS) — For more than half a century, cities all across the country have been making connection with towns in foreign countries in an international program of “sister” cities. Medford was the first in Southern Oregon, with Alba, Italy. However, it was the union 25 years ago between Grants Pass and an industrial city … Continue reading »

Oregon Trails-Jails

  MEDFORD, Ore.–Possibly the oldest existing city jail in southern Oregon is at the 125 year old Jacksonville city hall. A plaque on the wall says it was built in 1880 for 25-hundred dollars and included two jail cells in addition to a clerk’s office, fire station and council meeting room, still in use today. … Continue reading »

Oregon Trails-1889 Crater Lake Trip

Alice Mullaly was inventorying items in the Southern Oregon Historical Society collection a few years ago when she came across a small journal written in August of 1889. It was written by Fletcher Linn who was the son of Rogue Valley pioneer David Linn. It chronicles the three week long trip from Jacksonville to Crater … Continue reading »

Oregon Trails-Big Floods

MEDFORD, Ore.–For most southern Oregon residents memories of the New Year’s Day Flood of 1997 is the most recent reminder of how warm rain on heavy wet snow can cause catastrophic flooding in our region. The really big storm and floods of Christmas 1964 set the standard for measuring how bad winter weather can be … Continue reading »

Oregon Trails: Historic Floods

GOLD HILL, Ore. — For most Southern Oregon residents, memories of the New Year’s Day flood of 1997 is the most recent reminder of how warm rain on heavy wet snow can cause catastrophic flooding in our region. The really big storm and floods of Christmas 1964 set the standard for measuring how bad winter … Continue reading »

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 »

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