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 ‘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 »

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