Oregon Trails: Bear Creek Greenway

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Next week marks the 40th anniversary of the first funding for a public works project that is still under construction in the Rogue Valley, which will eventually connect every town from Ashland to Grants Pass. The Bear Creek Greenway actually began as an idea more than a hundred years ago. As … Continue reading »

Oregon Trials: Golf History

MEDFORD, Ore. — Spring in the Rogue Valley and the golfers are flocking to courses all over the region. For ninety years, the premier course has been the Rogue Valley Country Club and its genesis can be traced back to the turn of the century when a pipe smoking orchardist wannabe, Henry Chandler Egan, landed … Continue reading »

Oregon Trails: Viewmaster

KERBY, Ore. — Who doesn’t remember the Viewmaster? But did you know that that famous toy has its roots in Oregon, particularly Southern Oregon? It all started in 1938 when the president of the sawyer picture postcard company ran into Portland photographer Bill Gruber at the caves. Gruber was taking stereo photos, and they started … Continue reading »

Oregon Trails: On The Right Track

WHITE CITY, Ore. — For 130 years, the railroad has been the way many Southern Oregon businesses have shipped and received big loads at a low cost and the railroad helped build Camp White, when World War II needed troops trained to fight overseas. The remnant of Camp White has been known for decades as … Continue reading »

Oregon Trails: Salmon Netting

NEAR GRANTS PASS, Ore. — In just a few months, one of the signs of summer in Southern Oregon will be the opening of salmon season on the Rogue River. For as long as people have lived in this region, the Rogue River has been known as a great place to catch salmon and steelhead. … Continue reading »

Oregon Trails: Lighting the Way

NEAR GOLD HILL, Ore. — When airplanes began carrying mail and passengers for the first time, navigating up and down the Pacific Coast was a challenge. Flying over high mountains and low valleys called for creative ways to guide those early pilots. Rising from the treetops on Nugget Butte behind Gold Hill is a 50-foot … Continue reading »

Oregon Trails: History of Strikes

EAGLE POINT, Ore. — The 2014 teachers strike in the Medford District is not the first time educators in Southern Oregon have walked off the job in recent memory. Until now, the most recent teacher strike in Southern Oregon was an 8-day walkout in Eagle Point in 2012. That strike came after 14 months of … Continue reading »

Oregon Trails: Landslide of β€˜74

CANYONVILLE, Ore. — As dry as this winter has been, it may be hard to imagine that four decades ago, drenching rains were causing floods and landslides that blocked highways and cut communications in our area. It also brought tragedy, and a massive rescue operation in southern Douglas County. You wouldn’t know it today looking … Continue reading »

Oregon Trails: Crater Lake Crashes

CRATER LAKE, Ore. — Crater Lake in Southern Oregon is unlike any other national park in the country, and it’s the nation’s deepest lake. For more than 150 years it has attracted the curious and adventurous, but it also has attracted some people who never returned. Clear skies and barely a whisper of breeze makes … Continue reading »

Oregon Trails: Flood of ’64

GOLD HILL, Ore. — The dry weather facing Southern Oregon and Northern California all year is in stark contrast to a half century ago when our region was suffering some of the worst floods in history. It’s the flooding that set new standards for land use planning in Jackson and Josephine Counties, and the construction … Continue reading »

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