Oregon Trails: Hero Sheriff

TALENT, Ore. — Monday marks the one hundredth anniversary of one of the darkest days for law enforcement in Southern Oregon; it also marks the day a legend was created. Diane Walker is one of 28 grandchildren of former Jackson County Sheriff August Singler. Singler has the dubious honor of the being the first lawman … Continue reading »

Oregon Trails: Egan Remembered

MEDFORD, Ore. — The Masters Golf Tournament is underway at the prestigious Augusta National Golf Course in Augusta, Georgia this weekend and as the days get longer and warmer, more and more golfers are heading out onto the courses around our area as well. Spring in the rogue valley and the golfers are flocking to … Continue reading »

Oregon Trails: First NCAA Champs

PORTLAND, Ore. — In a little over a week, we should know who will be the king of college basketball for another year, with the NCAA champion crowned. The Oregon Ducks won’t be it, but they did make a good run in the tournament after years of little playoff experience. 74 years ago, it was … Continue reading »

Oregon Trails: Airplanes

MEDFORD, Ore. — These days e-mail, texting and twitter are common ways to get someone a message, but not too long ago the ultimate message medium was air-mail. Airmail revolutionized communication and opened the door to the vast air transportation system we have today. A United Air express jet taking off from the airport is … Continue reading »

Oregon Trails: Telephone in Medford

MEDFORD, Ore. — Telephone rings have changed a lot in the last hundred years, and so has telephone service. The first phones came to southern Oregon in the mid-1890s, about 20 years after Alexander Graham bell was granted a patent for the telephone. The Jacksonville Times in July of 1894 reported that “arrangements have been … Continue reading »

Oregon Trails: City Lights

MEDFORD, Ore. — A former Medford City Councilman says the city of Medford pays almost a million dollars a year to light city streets – that’s a long way from the 1880′s when a few coal oil lamps were considered sufficient to light the streets at night. For the romantic in many of us, there’s … 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: 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: Bomber Crash Site

NEAR DENIO, Nev. — It’s more than sixty years since the end of World War Two, and for many Americans, the memories of that war are fading away; so are many of the relics and sites rusting and becoming overgrown as the decades pass. A wind-swept meadow high in the Pueblo Mountains, just north of … Continue reading »

Oregon Trails: Logging Museum Experience

CHILOQUIN, Ore. – Almost every county, and many communities in Oregon have a museum of some kind, dedicated to preserving and displaying local history, but there are not too many in Oregon that are outdoor museums. One of the few is right here in our area, north of Klamath Falls near Chiloquin. Logging has been … Continue reading »

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