Oregon Trails: Keeping the Light On

CRESCENT CITY, Calif. — Since 1892, a landmark West Coast lighthouse in our area has been standing guard on a treacherous stretch of coast waterway. The point St. George Reef Lighthouse was built in the 1880s following the worst shipwreck in West Coast history. Today, it’s being preserved by a dedicated group of volunteers. Click … Continue reading »

Oregon Trails: Bly

BLY, Ore. — This year marks the 140th anniversary of the first settlement of one of Klamath County’s first towns. And 4th of July weekend, residents of Bly will kick up their heels in celebration It might be hard to tell today, but this was once quite a bustling town. Today, Bly is about half … Continue reading »

Oregon Trails: Eugene Ely

MEDFORD, Ore. — Every year, more than 600,000 people fly in and out of the Medford Airport. But a hundred years ago, only one man had flown an airplane over Medford, and with that flight, began a short but legendary career in the air. In front of the airport is a pair of whimsical model … Continue reading »

Oregon Trails: Beatty Centennial

BEATTY, Ore. — This year marks the centennial hundredth anniversary of the founding of a small Klamath County town that may be a wide spot in the road today, but has a colorful history. “I think it was a bustling little town. What you had was three grocery stores. You had a lot of loggers, … Continue reading »

Oregon Trails: the Margaret Biggs Trial

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — For five months now, a lot of attention has been focused on the murder trial of a former Yreka woman, Jody Arias, in Arizona. The defense in the trail argues that the killing of her boyfriend was in self defense. The case brings to mind a similar trial in Grants Pass … Continue reading »

Oregon Trails: 50 Years of Mt. Ashland

MT. ASHLAND, Ore. — Fifty years ago at this time, work was underway on Mt. Ashland to create the first ski resort in Southern Oregon. The first plans for a ski facility were very modest, until one of the biggest movers and shakers in Oregon got hold of the project. Interest in developing a ski … 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: Civil War Roots

MEDFORD, Ore. — From 2011 to 2015, this is the Sesquicentennial – the 150th anniversary – of the U.S. Civil War. From 1861 to 1865, the Civil War was the bloodiest of any fought by American troops and it’s likely that if you had ancestors living in the United States by the mid-19th century, someone … Continue reading »

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