Oregon Trails: History of Hops

With summer winding down and fall straight ahead, the harvest season in Southern Oregon is peaking. For nearly 150 years, one of the important crops exported out of the Rogue Valley was a key ingredient used by beer makers at home and abroad. In this Oregon Trails, NewsWatch 12’s Ron Brown takes a look at … Continue reading »

Oregon Trails: Timber Tressels

NEAR KENO, Ore. — For nearly a hundred years, getting timber out of the woods in the northwest has required some heavy lifting and for decades, that meant trains. But it also meant out-of-the-box engineering to get the trains across the creeks and canyons to where the timber is. In the video above, Oregon Trails, … Continue reading »

Oregon Trails: Josephine County Fair

Southern Oregon residents, especially those in Josephine County are kicking up their heels this weekend in celebration of the 100th Josephine County Fair. A centennial for anything is a pretty big deal, and this year’s fair is no exception. In the video above, NewsWatch 12’s Ron Brown takes a look at how the fair grew … Continue reading »

Oregon Trails: Tokens

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — 150 years ago the United States was in the midst of a Civil War. Some called it the country’s second revolution, and it left permanent changes across the landscape, including the use of tokens. Tokens also changed the way some merchants made change with their customers. In the video above, NewsWatch … Continue reading »

Oregon Trails: O.C. Applegate

Next year will mark the 170th anniversary of the birth of a legendary figure in Southern Oregon history, Oliver Cromwell Applegate. This week, a ceremony is planned in his honor to replace a monument over his grave. In this Oregon Trails, NewsWatch 12’s Ron Brown takes a look at a Southern Oregon trailblazer whose name … Continue reading »

Oregon Trails: Fair History

Fair season is just around the corner and managers at the Jackson County Exposition Park are hoping this summer’s fair will be a big success, but the fair has not always been at the Expo in Central Point. In fact, in the past hundred years or more, it’s been in several places. In This Oregon … Continue reading »

Oregon Trails: Malin

More than a hundred years ago, the Klamath Reclamation Project changed the face of the Klamath Basin forever, but it was a wave of central European immigrants whose vision for the future and hard work that helped put the basin on the nation’s agriculture map. In this Oregon Trails, NewsWatch 12’s Ron Brown shows us … Continue reading »

Oregon Trails: Locomotive Number 4

MEDFORD, Ore. — 15 years after it was first taken apart for repairs, the re-assembly of a historic Southern Oregon landmark is underway. A rare steam locomotive that helped establish Southern Oregon as a major timber producing region is on its way back to operation again. NewsWatch 12’s Ron Brown was at Railroad Park as … Continue reading »

Oregon Trails: Libraries

ASHLAND, Ore. — For more than a hundred years, Jackson County residents have had access to books and other materials in a network of community libraries. In this Oregon Trails, NewsWatch 12’s Ron Brown takes a look at how those libraries started and how they have survived for the past century.

Oregon Trails: 6th Street

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — From the high hills above downtown Klamath Falls, the view down 6th Street to the railroad viaduct overpass and beyond is spectacular. It’s also unusual for a town in Southern Oregon. “Part of the South 6th Street that we know today actually dates to the 1880’s and probably much earlier, out … Continue reading »

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