Oregon Trails-Railroad Trestles

NEAR KENO, Ore.–Like ghosts from the past, timbers from an 80-year-old railroad trestle stand amid a grove of fir trees along the old Weyerhauser “100″ logging railroad near Keno. The rail line was abandoned about 50 years ago in favor of trucks, and this is the lone reminder of what it took to cross the … Continue reading »

Oregon Trails: Holly Theatre

Medford, Ore.– From the very first time the Holly theatre opened its doors in 1930, it’s been a landmark building in Medford. The last 30 years or so though, it’s been more of a silent monument to the days when movies were one of the primary forms of entertainment. Local historian George Kramer observes that, … Continue reading »

Oregon Trails–Sisson Cold Case Murder

ASHLAND, Ore.–A rather simple gravestone now resting on it’s back in Ashland’s Mountain View cemetery is that of Dr. David Sisson. One of the regions first medical doctors, Sisson arrived in Ashland with his recent bride, Celeste, in 1856. He was welcomed to Ashland Mills… that’s what they called it then… by founder Abel Helman. “Abel … Continue reading »

Oregon Trails-Kingsley Field

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore.–Mothballed fighter jets mounted on pedestals as if in flight are reminders of the decades that Kingsley Field, in Klamath Falls, has been on the frontline of the nation’s defense, or for training of future Air Force and Air National Guard pilots. “From 1954 to 1981 the Air Force was in charge of … Continue reading »

Oregon Trails-Rogue River Valley Railway

  JACKSONVILLE, Ore.– For the first time in more than a hundred years the brass bell on an 1891 Porter steam locomotive is ringing in Jacksonville. The little engine, called by some “the Teapot”, and others the “Peanut Roaster”, was the first engine on the Medford and Jacksonville Railroad… later known as the Rogue River … Continue reading »

Oregon Trails: Gold Stamp Mills

GOLD HILL, Ore.– Gold mining is not what it once was in Southern Oregon, but it’s legacy and tradition still captivate many people’s imagination. A small Jackson County historical group is hoping that an interest in the past could help them in the future. Newswatch 12′s Ron Brown looks at the restoration of a piece … Continue reading »

Oregon Trails: 4th of July

MEDFORD, Ore. — The parades are over and crowds are gathering for fireworks shows all over our region as Southern Oregon residents celebrate the nations 238th birthday. It’s just some of the traditional ways Americans celebrate Independence Day, but it hasn’t always been that way. For most of us, fireworks and parades, coupled with a … Continue reading »

Oregon Trails: State’s Johnny Appleseed

JACKSON COUNTY, Ore.– National Arbor is on April 25th, but several states around the country celebrate on various days this month; this includes Southern Oregon. Oregon designated the second week of April for its Arbor Day celebrations. In honor of the emphasis Arbor Week places on planting and nourishing trees, Oregon Trails looks back at … Continue reading »

Oregon Trails: Ruch Centennial

RUCH, Ore.– Spring is just around the corner and that means a lot of school kids are looking forward to summer vacation. For students and staff at Ruch Elementary School in the Applegate Valley, the end of the school year will be a special time to celebrate. Oregon Trails takes a look back at the … Continue reading »

Oregon Trails: School Buses

MEDFORD, Ore.– Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber recently signed a proclamation declaring April 8 through the 12th as school bus safety week. This week, Oregon Trails takes a look at when school buses got on the road in our region and how transportation has grown in Southern Oregon.

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