Oregon Trails: Airplanes

MEDFORD, Ore. — These days e-mail, texting and twitter are common ways to get someone a message, but not too long ago the ultimate message medium was air-mail. Airmail revolutionized communication and opened the door to the vast air transportation system we have today. A United Air express jet taking off from the airport is … Continue reading »

Oregon Trails: Telephone in Medford

MEDFORD, Ore. — Telephone rings have changed a lot in the last hundred years, and so has telephone service. The first phones came to southern Oregon in the mid-1890s, about 20 years after Alexander Graham bell was granted a patent for the telephone. The Jacksonville Times in July of 1894 reported that “arrangements have been … 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 »

Oregon Trails: Bonanza Fires

BONANZA, Ore. — Looking back over the past 150 years, there’s hardly a town or city in Oregon that has not had at least one catastrophic fire. A few have leveled some or most of the business district or even the whole town, but few have had as many major fires that caused as much … Continue reading »

Oregon Trails: OIT

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — When World War II ended, troops coming home were starting families, and building homes and careers. To help those vets get a head start, a surplus military installation in Klamath Falls became a unique training ground for future engineers and medical professionals. Snow still covers much of the campus at Oregon … Continue reading »

Oregon Trails: Fire as a Friend

MEDFORD, Ore. — Every year wildfires burn hundreds of thousands of acres of forestland and grass across the West. For a hundred years now, it’s been a battle for forester and landowners to keep those wildfires under control, but it wasn’t always that way. Former Rogue River Forest Service Archaeologist  Jeff LeLande, explains why he thinks … Continue reading »

Oregon Trails: Mt. McLoughlin

MT. MCLOUGHLIN, Ore. — Mt. McLoughlin is one of the most prominent landmarks in Southern Oregon. At nearly ten thousand feet in elevation, it’s white capped peak has been a guidepost to travelers for more than 150 years. Mt. McLoughlin is a pilgrimage point for those seeking a new view of Southern Oregon. In this … Continue reading »

Historical Society Financially Well

JACKSONVILLE, Ore. — The Southern Oregon Historical Society say they are in good financial shape for the first time since Jackson County pulled funding. The group says they lost that funding in 2007, but this year they will be able to expand. The city of Jacksonville helped out, by taking over four buildings that needed … Continue reading »

Oregon Trails: Stage Road Trails

NEAR GOLD HILL, Ore. — This month marks the 125th anniversary of the completion of the railroad through Oregon to California. It not only made travel safer, quicker and easier, but it also marked the beginning of the end of stagecoach travel in our region. Along the west side of the Bear Creek Valley, between … Continue reading »

Oregon Trails: O&C Railroad and Act

MEDFORD, Ore. – This year marks the 125th anniversary of the completion of the first railroad through our area, to connect Oregon and California; it’s also the 75th anniversary of the landmark congressional act creating the O&C Trust Lands that have provided timber revenue for 18 Oregon counties for decades. 160 years ago, when the … Continue reading »

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