Oregon Trails: Landslide of ‘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 »

Oregon Trails: the Golden Spike

MEDFORD, Ore. — Next Tuesday marks the 126th anniversary of an event that helped shape the future of Southern Oregon forever. The driving of the golden spike in 1887 capped almost 20 years of back breaking work to connect Oregon to California by rail. In the video above, NewsWatch 12′s Ron Brown looks back at … Continue reading »

Oregon Trails: Klamath County Settlement

NEAR KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — The early days of Klamath County settlement left a legacy that sometimes included lawlessness and bad blood between ranching families. This week’s Oregon Trails takes a look at one particular feud that may help explain a strange jog in the line between Klamath and Lake Counties.

Oregon Trails: Klamath Myths

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — Just about every town has its share of tall tales and legendary stories. But Klamath Falls may have more than its share. Many of them have been gathered by Klamath County Museum Director Todd Kepple. For instance, what about the story that Ella Redkey Municipal Swimming Pool was built with money … Continue reading »

Oregon Trails: Grants Pass Streets

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Jeanette Spencer Dickson was born and raised in Grants Pass, and has had a life-long interest in local history. One question always on her mind was why several streets in the southwest part of town suddenly make a dog-leg bend after heading nearly east and west. “It just didn’t make any … Continue reading »

Oregon Trails: Pre-Historic Bones

ASHLAND, Ore. — Things in Ashland are a lot quieter now that it’s between Shakespeare seasons, and the community at the base of the Siskiyous is settling back to being a small college town. Down in the railroad district, the Ashland Railway History Museum is working to expand its mission to include other Ashland history, … Continue reading »

Oregon Trails: Fort Lane

FORT LANE, Ore. — More than a dozen professional and amateur archaeologists are digging into the past near Blackwell Hill, seeking to learn more about a small Army post that was established here in the early 1850s. A grassy clearing not far from the site of the former Gold Ray Dam is where Fort Lane … Continue reading »

Oregon Trails: Keeping the Light On

CRESCENT CITY, Calif. — Since 1892, a landmark West Coast lighthouse in our area has been standing guard on a treacherous stretch of coast waterway. The point St. George Reef Lighthouse was built in the 1880s following the worst shipwreck in West Coast history. Today, it’s being preserved by a dedicated group of volunteers. Click … Continue reading »

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