Oregon Trails: Car Dealers Make History

MEDFORD, Ore. — Most historians agree that nothing has changed the American landscape like the development and growth of the automobile and related industries and that’s true also for Southern Oregon. By 1910, Medford had more cars per capita than any other town in the United States. The first cars in Southern Oregon looked a … Continue reading »

Oregon Trails: Fremont Expeditions

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — 170 years ago this year, one of the most famous American explorers left his mark on Southern Oregon and Northern California, and now an exhibit of artifacts found in lake county a decade ago is on display to mark the anniversary of that exploration party’s sojourn in our area. A display … Continue reading »

Oregon Trails: State of Jefferson

YREKA, Calif. — Many Americans are celebrating the birth and independence of our nation. So this week, we’re taking a look at one of the most bizarre political movements ever on the West Coast. It wasn’t a new idea in 1941, but it came closest to happening then, on the eve of World War II. … Continue reading »

Oregon Trails: Bly

BLY, Ore. — This year marks the 140th anniversary of the first settlement of one of Klamath County’s first towns. And 4th of July weekend, residents of Bly will kick up their heels in celebration It might be hard to tell today, but this was once quite a bustling town. Today, Bly is about half … Continue reading »

Oregon Trails: Digging for Gold

NEAR CAVE JUNCTION, Ore. — When the first miners began pouring into Southern Oregon in the early 1850′s, they flocked to the creeks and rivers of the Rogue, Illinois and Applegate Valleys armed with little more than dreams and energy and for several years, they grubbed out their fortunes or not in the stream bottoms … Continue reading »

Oregon Trails: Eugene Ely

MEDFORD, Ore. — Every year, more than 600,000 people fly in and out of the Medford Airport. But a hundred years ago, only one man had flown an airplane over Medford, and with that flight, began a short but legendary career in the air. In front of the airport is a pair of whimsical model … Continue reading »

Oregon Trails: Memorial Day

EAGLE POINT, Ore. — By many accounts the first well known observance of a Memorial Day type observance was in Charleston, South Carolina on May 1st of 1865. On May 5th of 1868, a call was made for an annual and nationwide observance on May 30th, because it did not fall on the anniversary of … Continue reading »

Oregon Trails: Beatty Centennial

BEATTY, Ore. — This year marks the centennial hundredth anniversary of the founding of a small Klamath County town that may be a wide spot in the road today, but has a colorful history. “I think it was a bustling little town. What you had was three grocery stores. You had a lot of loggers, … Continue reading »

Oregon Trails: Rough & Ready Mill

CAVE JUNCTION, Ore. — By the end of this month, the last production sawmill in Josephine County will be shut down. The closure of Rough and Ready Sawmill a few weeks ago caught many people by surprise, but mill owners say it’s been coming for several years under federal timber sale policies. Lumber trucks are … Continue reading »

Oregon Trails: Lake of the Woods

LAKE OF THE WOODS, Ore. — Now that May is here, many people’s thoughts of outdoor recreation turn to camping and outdoor activities at mountain lakes in our area. One of the most popular mountain lake resorts in Southern Oregon is also one of the oldest. Fresh in a coat of new red paint, chairs … Continue reading »

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