Oregon Trails: Libraries

ASHLAND, Ore. — For more than a hundred years, Jackson County residents have had access to books and other materials in a network of community libraries. In this Oregon Trails, NewsWatch 12’s Ron Brown takes a look at how those libraries started and how they have survived for the past century.

Oregon Trails: 6th Street

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — From the high hills above downtown Klamath Falls, the view down 6th Street to the railroad viaduct overpass and beyond is spectacular. It’s also unusual for a town in Southern Oregon. “Part of the South 6th Street that we know today actually dates to the 1880’s and probably much earlier, out … Continue reading »

Oregon Trails: Bear Creek Greenway

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Next week marks the 40th anniversary of the first funding for a public works project that is still under construction in the Rogue Valley, which will eventually connect every town from Ashland to Grants Pass. The Bear Creek Greenway actually began as an idea more than a hundred years ago. As … Continue reading »

Oregon Trials: Golf History

MEDFORD, Ore. — Spring in the Rogue Valley and the golfers are flocking to courses all over the region. For ninety years, the premier course has been the Rogue Valley Country Club and its genesis can be traced back to the turn of the century when a pipe smoking orchardist wannabe, Henry Chandler Egan, landed … Continue reading »

Oregon Trails: On The Right Track

WHITE CITY, Ore. — For 130 years, the railroad has been the way many Southern Oregon businesses have shipped and received big loads at a low cost and the railroad helped build Camp White, when World War II needed troops trained to fight overseas. The remnant of Camp White has been known for decades as … Continue reading »

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 β€˜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 »

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