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: Nuclear Age

NEAR LAKEVIEW, Ore. — For more than 160 years, talk about mining in Southern Oregon is usually about gold, but 60 years ago, prospectors in Lake County hit pay dirt with a mineral of another kind that helped launch the world into the nuclear age. From the time the first atomic bomb announced the beginning … Continue reading »

Oregon Trails: Dealing with Jackrabbits

NEAR BONANZA, Ore. — Anyone who raises a garden or farms knows what a hassle it is when deer and other wild animals eat up the fruits of all your hard work. A hundred years ago, and again during the Depression, it was smaller animals caused problems for the community. The Langell and Poe Valley … Continue reading »

Oregon Trails: D’Autremont Train Robbery

NEAR ASHLAND, Ore. — When you think of desperados and train robberies in the Old West, you probably think of Jesse James or Butch Cassidy and the Sundance kid, but it was another gang that pulled off what was called “The Last Great Train Robbery” in the U.S. October 11th, 1923 was a day when … Continue reading »

Oregon Trails: Stearns’ Journey

MEDFORD, Ore. — When Orson Avery Stearns came to Southern Oregon in 1853, it was by wagon train from Illinois, and took half a year. His family settled near Ashland in the Rogue Valley, but he settled in the Klamath Basin and became the area’s first rancher and farmer. In September 1913, he loaded up … Continue reading »