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: Retracing History

MEDFORD, Ore. — It’s been 160 years this year since the first wave of settlers began rolling into Southern Oregon in their covered wagons. Along with those pioneers was a 10-year-old boy from Illinois who went on to become a prominent figure in both the Rogue Valley and Klamath Basin. In this Oregon Trails, we … Continue reading »

Oregon Trails: Earthquake in Klamath

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — 20 years ago, the Klamath Basin was turned upside down as a series of earthquakes rattled Southern Oregon. It caught many people by surprise, and led to new procedures for dealing with major disasters in Klamath County. From Redding to Roseburg, Southern Oregon and Northern California residents wondered what was going … 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: 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 »

Oregon Trails: City Lights

MEDFORD, Ore. — A former Medford City Councilman says the city of Medford pays almost a million dollars a year to light city streets – that’s a long way from the 1880’s when a few coal oil lamps were considered sufficient to light the streets at night. For the romantic in many of us, there’s … Continue reading »