Oregon Trails: Highway 140

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — From the time the first settlers arrived in Oregon, travel and transportation was a real difficulty. By the early 1920’s Oregon led the nation in getting highways built north and south, from border to border, but the east-west connections came later, and continue to challenge officials and shippers. For fifty years, … Continue reading »

Oregon Trails: 1973 Gas Crisis

Recent drops in gas prices have many people thinking these are some of the lowest prices they’ve seen in years. It was at this time 41 years ago, when fuel prices were a tenth of what they are today, that the OPEC oil embargo kicked-in, and drivers began to go into sticker shock at 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: 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: 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: Tokens

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — 150 years ago the United States was in the midst of a Civil War. Some called it the country’s second revolution, and it left permanent changes across the landscape, including the use of tokens. Tokens also changed the way some merchants made change with their customers. In the video above, NewsWatch … Continue reading »

Oregon Trails: O.C. Applegate

Next year will mark the 170th anniversary of the birth of a legendary figure in Southern Oregon history, Oliver Cromwell Applegate. This week, a ceremony is planned in his honor to replace a monument over his grave. In this Oregon Trails, NewsWatch 12’s Ron Brown takes a look at a Southern Oregon trailblazer whose name … Continue reading »

Oregon Trails: Fair History

Fair season is just around the corner and managers at the Jackson County Exposition Park are hoping this summer’s fair will be a big success, but the fair has not always been at the Expo in Central Point. In fact, in the past hundred years or more, it’s been in several places. In This Oregon … Continue reading »

Oregon Trails: Malin

More than a hundred years ago, the Klamath Reclamation Project changed the face of the Klamath Basin forever, but it was a wave of central European immigrants whose vision for the future and hard work that helped put the basin on the nation’s agriculture map. In this Oregon Trails, NewsWatch 12’s Ron Brown shows us … Continue reading »

Oregon Trails: Locomotive Number 4

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 »

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