Oregon Trails: Hop Harvest

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — When prohibition was repealed, Americans celebrated with a passion for beer that led to a big demand for one of the brew’s key ingredients… hops. And Southern Oregon jumped on the bandwagon with a number of hop yards being re-established. Several were in the Grants Pass area, and others in the … Continue reading »

Oregon Trails: History of Hops

With summer winding down and fall straight ahead, the harvest season in Southern Oregon is peaking. For nearly 150 years, one of the important crops exported out of the Rogue Valley was a key ingredient used by beer makers at home and abroad. In this Oregon Trails, NewsWatch 12′s Ron Brown takes a look at … Continue reading »

Oregon Trails–Hassell Bunks

  ASHLAND, Ore.–From the time the timber industry set down roots in the Northwest, one of the biggest challenges has been how to harvest the monster trees growing on the steep slopes of the Coast and Cascade mountains. More than a hundred years ago, loggers turned to steam power to snake the giant logs prized … Continue reading »

Oregon Trails-Railroad Trestles

NEAR KENO, Ore.–Like ghosts from the past, timbers from an 80-year-old railroad trestle stand amid a grove of fir trees along the old Weyerhauser “100″ logging railroad near Keno. The rail line was abandoned about 50 years ago in favor of trucks, and this is the lone reminder of what it took to cross the … Continue reading »

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 »

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