Oregon Trails-Lakeshore Inn

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore.–For more than six decades, a large stone archway along Lakeshore Drive near Klamath Lake has fascinated travelers driving the scenic back road in and out of Klamath Falls. With the name “Lakeshore Inn” engraved on the arch, visions of a pastoral hotel or mansion might come to mind. Todd Kepple of the … Continue reading »

Oregon Trails-Klamath Armory 80th

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore.–This year marks the 80th anniversary of the construction of the Klamath Falls armory, which is now home of the Klamath County museum. For decades the armory was the center for a wide range of community events, from concerts and dinners to wrestling and boxing matches and circuses. Former museum director Judith Hassen … Continue reading »

Oregon Trails: Murder Trial

JACKSONVILLE, Ore. — A recent donation by a Rogue Valley family to the Southern Oregon Historical Society is shedding new light on a murder case that captured the attention of Southern Oregon residents exactly a hundred years ago. A small stone marker between the Jackson County Jail and Justice Center contains the names of seven … Continue reading »

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 »

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