Oregon Trails: Timber Tressels

NEAR KENO, Ore. — For nearly a hundred years, getting timber out of the woods in the northwest has required some heavy lifting and for decades, that meant trains. But it also meant out-of-the-box engineering to get the trains across the creeks and canyons to where the timber is. In the video above, Oregon Trails, … Continue reading »

Oregon Trails: Holly Theatre

Medford, Ore.– From the very first time the Holly theatre opened its doors in 1930, it’s been a landmark building in Medford. The last 30 years or so though, it’s been more of a silent monument to the days when movies were one of the primary forms of entertainment. Local historian George Kramer observes that, … Continue reading »

Oregon Trails–Sisson Cold Case Murder

ASHLAND, Ore.–A rather simple gravestone now resting on it’s back in Ashland’s Mountain View cemetery is that of Dr. David Sisson. One of the regions first medical doctors, Sisson arrived in Ashland with his recent bride, Celeste, in 1856. He was welcomed to Ashland Mills… that’s what they called it then… by founder Abel Helman. “Abel … Continue reading »

Oregon Trails-Kingsley Field

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore.–Mothballed fighter jets mounted on pedestals as if in flight are reminders of the decades that Kingsley Field, in Klamath Falls, has been on the frontline of the nation’s defense, or for training of future Air Force and Air National Guard pilots. “From 1954 to 1981 the Air Force was in charge of … Continue reading »

Oregon Trails: Josephine County Fair

Southern Oregon residents, especially those in Josephine County are kicking up their heels this weekend in celebration of the 100th Josephine County Fair. A centennial for anything is a pretty big deal, and this year’s fair is no exception. In the video above, NewsWatch 12’s Ron Brown takes a look at how the fair grew … Continue reading »

Oregon Trails-Rogue River Valley Railway

  JACKSONVILLE, Ore.– For the first time in more than a hundred years the brass bell on an 1891 Porter steam locomotive is ringing in Jacksonville. The little engine, called by some “the Teapot”, and others the “Peanut Roaster”, was the first engine on the Medford and Jacksonville Railroad… later known as the Rogue River … Continue reading »

History of Camp McLoughlin

CAMP McLOUGHLIN, Ore. — For almost a hundred years now, Summer fun has meant camp at Lake of the Woods, especially for boys in the Boy Scout Organization. In this story from Ron Brown’s Oregon Trails, we take a look back at how Camp McLoughlin stated and where it has come in nine decades.

Oregon Trails: Tokens

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — 150 years ago the United States was in the midst of a Civil War. Some called it the country’s second revolution, and it left permanent changes across the landscape, including the use of tokens. Tokens also changed the way some merchants made change with their customers. In the video above, NewsWatch … Continue reading »

Oregon Trails: 4th of July

MEDFORD, Ore. — The parades are over and crowds are gathering for fireworks shows all over our region as Southern Oregon residents celebrate the nations 238th birthday. It’s just some of the traditional ways Americans celebrate Independence Day, but it hasn’t always been that way. For most of us, fireworks and parades, coupled with a … Continue reading »

Oregon Trails: O.C. Applegate

Next year will mark the 170th anniversary of the birth of a legendary figure in Southern Oregon history, Oliver Cromwell Applegate. This week, a ceremony is planned in his honor to replace a monument over his grave. In this Oregon Trails, NewsWatch 12’s Ron Brown takes a look at a Southern Oregon trailblazer whose name … Continue reading »

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