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 »

Oregon Trails: Elk Creek Battle

ELK CREEK, Ore. — For years, many Southern Oregon residents and officials dreamed of the day when a series of dams could be built in Applegate and Upper Rogue basins to store water and reduce flood run-off. Two of those dams were finished and have operated for nearly 30 years now, but one was never … 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 »

Oregon Trails: Blizzard of 1938

WEED, Calif. — When old timers sit around on a cold winter’s night and talk about the days past when it was really cold and the weather was bad, talk often turns to the big blizzard of 1938. Jim Gubetta was just a kid 75 years ago, helping deliver milk for his uncle’s dairy in … Continue reading »

Oregon Trails: Ashland City Plaza

ASHLAND, Ore. – A project to re-shape and upgrade the landmark plaza in downtown Ashland is focusing new attention and interest on the popular tourist attraction, but it’s not the first time the plaza has gone through a make-over. For more than a hundred years, the Ashland Plaza has been something of a gateway to … Continue reading »

Oregon Trails: Snow Go

MEDFORD, Ore. – This is the season for snowy weather around our area, and thanks to the efforts of state, county and city crews, getting around is not as tough as it was a few generations ago. It’s also thanks to the creative genius of a couple Southern Oregon men that navigating on or off … 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: A History of Christmas

Christmas is just a little over a week away, and people are busy trying to finish shopping and getting ready for the biggest holiday of the year. It wasn’t always that way, even for many of our parents or grandparents. In this Oregon Trails, NewsWatch 12′s Ron Brown takes a look at how Christmas has … Continue reading »

Oregon Trails: Table Rock’s Tunnels

SAMS VALLEY, Ore. – From the time the first settlers arrived in the Rogue Valley, the Table Rocks have been a source of fascination and mystery. All sorts of rumors and legends surround the Twin Mesas along the Rogue River near Sams Valley and one of the most enduring mysteries involve a series of deep … Continue reading »

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