Oregon Trails: The Tale of Two Councils

GOLD HILL, Ore. – The 2012 election season has focused mainly on the presidential race and its impacts on the nation, but a hundred years ago, one of Jackson County’s biggest towns was in the middle of a political storm that threatened to tear the community apart. Main Street in Gold Hill is quiet and … Continue reading »

Oregon Trails: Trick or Treat

MEDFORD, Ore. – Fall is here in all it’s colorful glory, and with it kids of all ages thinking of Halloween. Halloween is next Wednesday, and with it the tradition of costumes, parties and trick or treating. For as long as most of us can remember, Halloween has been a favorite holiday for kids and … Continue reading »

Oregon Trails: Storm Of The Century

MEDFORD, Ore. – Friday marks the 520th anniversary of the day in 1492 when Atlantic trade winds blew Christopher Columbus’ fleet ashore in the Americas. It’s also the 50th anniversary when a huge Pacific windstorm blew ashore on the pacific coast in what many call the storm of the century for the Northwest. When people … Continue reading »

Oregon Trails: Nixon’s Speech

GRANTS PASS, Ore. – The Presidential election race may be passing Oregon by this year, but 60 years ago one of the landmark moments in U.S. Election history happened, and had it’s roots right in Southern Oregon. The presidential campaign of 1952 had World War Two hero General Dwight Eisenhower and California Senator Richard Nixon … Continue reading »

Oregon Trails: Dairies Deliver

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – When many people think back to their childhood, a popular image of the milk deliveryman comes to mind. It was a popular service in the Rogue Valley and the Klamath Basin that disappeared 2o years or more ago. For decades, the Klamath Falls Creamery, maker of Crater Lake brand dairy products, … Continue reading »

Oregon Trails: Forts

TALENT, Ore. – When you look at a map of our area, you may notice several small communities or places with the name fort in them. While there are no forts there today, the story behind those names reflects the turmoil associated with the early settlement of Southern Oregon and Northern California. Historian Jan Wright … Continue reading »

Oregon Trails: Gold Hill Rail & Timber

NEAR GOLD HILL, Ore. – The first few decades of the 20th century were times of great growth and development all across Southern Oregon. Mines were re-opened, cities and orchards were growing, and timberlands were feeling the woodsmen’s axes and saws for the first time in our area. This brushy trail along a hillside on … Continue reading »

Oregon Trails: Lost Forest

CHRISTMAS VALLEY, Ore. – The big pine forests of central and south central Oregon have attracted settlers, lumbermen and recreationalists for generations, but there is one Ponderosa pine forest in our area that seems to be out of place in Lake County. It’s called the “lost forest”, and remains something of a mystery. The “lost … Continue reading »

Oregon Trails: Pokegama Log Chute

NEAR COPCO LAKE, Ore. – 120 years ago, lumbermen from the East coast and mid-west were discovering what a green gold-mine the forests of the Northwest were. Some of the biggest timber reserves were in the mountains between what is now Ashland and Klamath Falls. On the rugged hillside between the Upper Klamath River and … Continue reading »

Oregon Trails: The Model Town

GILCHRIST, Ore. – A big part of the growth of Southern Oregon was the development of the timber industry in our area. In the early 20th century, several large timber companies bought thousands of acres of timberland and built mills, railroads and towns. Company towns have been a part of the American landscape for nearly … Continue reading »

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