MEDFORD, Ore. — 15 years after it was first taken apart for repairs, the re-assembly of a historic Southern Oregon landmark is underway. A rare steam locomotive that helped establish Southern Oregon as a major timber producing region is on its way back to operation again. NewsWatch 12′s Ron Brown was at Railroad Park as … Continue reading »
ASHLAND, Ore. — For more than a hundred years, Jackson County residents have had access to books and other materials in a network of community libraries. In this Oregon Trails, NewsWatch 12′s Ron Brown takes a look at how those libraries started and how they have survived for the past century.
KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — From the high hills above downtown Klamath Falls, the view down 6th Street to the railroad viaduct overpass and beyond is spectacular. It’s also unusual for a town in Southern Oregon. “Part of the South 6th Street that we know today actually dates to the 1880′s and probably much earlier, out … Continue reading »
RUCH, Ore.– Spring is just around the corner and that means a lot of school kids are looking forward to summer vacation. For students and staff at Ruch Elementary School in the Applegate Valley, the end of the school year will be a special time to celebrate. Oregon Trails takes a look back at the … Continue reading »
MEDFORD, Ore.– Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber recently signed a proclamation declaring April 8 through the 12th as school bus safety week. This week, Oregon Trails takes a look at when school buses got on the road in our region and how transportation has grown in Southern Oregon.
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »