Oregon Trails: Fighting Fire

MEDFORD, Ore. — The fire season is starting to wind down, but not without leaving hundreds of thousands of acres in the west blackened and once again, millions of dollars is being spent to control and contain the fieriest that seem to be getting more intense every year. For more than a hundred years, the … Continue reading »

Oregon Trails: New Odessa

GLENDALE, Ore. — There are lots of small towns and settlements that sprouted up around our area and have long vanished from sight and memory, but none may have been more unlikely than a Jewish communal settlement that sprang to life in the Glendale-area in the mid-1880’s. This century old farmhouse near Glendale sits at … Continue reading »

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: 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: 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: 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‚Äôs 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 »

Oregon Trails: Hero Sheriff

TALENT, Ore. — Monday marks the one hundredth anniversary of one of the darkest days for law enforcement in Southern Oregon; it also marks the day a legend was created. Diane Walker is one of 28 grandchildren of former Jackson County Sheriff August Singler. Singler has the dubious honor of the being the first lawman … Continue reading »

Oregon Trails: Egan Remembered

MEDFORD, Ore. — The Masters Golf Tournament is underway at the prestigious Augusta National Golf Course in Augusta, Georgia this weekend and as the days get longer and warmer, more and more golfers are heading out onto the courses around our area as well. Spring in the rogue valley and the golfers are flocking to … Continue reading »

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