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 »

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 »

Older posts «

» Newer posts