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 »

Oregon Trails: Explosion in Roseburg

ROSEBURG, Ore. — Almost all of us have a day that sticks in our memory as something we’ll never forget. Like the day Pearl Harbor was bombed, 9-11, or the day President Kennedy was shot. Next Tuesday, August 7th, marks the day in 1959 that many Southern Oregon residents will also never forget. It’s the … Continue reading »

Oregon Trails: Mystery Metal

By Ron Brown GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Many of the first settlers in Southern Oregon came here looking for gold and other mineral wealth. Gold was on most miners’ minds, but later exploration revealed our region is a cornucopia of other valuable metals and minerals as well. For more than 20 years, mining engineer Michael … Continue reading »

Oregon Trails: Jackson County Fair

By Ron Brown CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — It’s summer time, and as the song goes, “the livin’ is easy,” the time of year when kids, animals and crops are sprouting up. This is also the time of year for county fairs, when kids of all ages show off the flowers, livestock, food and other homegrown … Continue reading »

Oregon Trails: Healthcare in the 1800s

By Ron Brown CAVE JUNCTON, Ore. — Many of us look back at the past with wistful nostalgia, thinking of the “good old days.” One thing that wasn’t always so good was the quality of health care and the constant danger of plagues and epidemics. One of the first doctors in Southern Oregon was Daniel … Continue reading »

Oregon Trails: ‘American Graffiti’ Diners

By Ron Brown MEDFORD, Ore. — For many people, high school years hold some of the fondest memories of growing up and for Southern Oregon residents; the local drive-in hamburger place represents the place where a lot of those memories were made. “Gosh, those were good memories. Not just the free hamburgers! They were good, … Continue reading »

Oregon Trails: Iron Horses

By Ron Brown RUCH, Ore. — Summer is here and farmers everywhere are busy plowing and harvesting their crops. In southern Oregon, besides fruit and livestock, most agriculture centers on hay and grain crops, and up until the late 1800′s, almost all the work was done by hand or horse. All around our region, farmers … Continue reading »

Oregon Trails: Brick Upon Brick

By Ron Brown KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — There’s a good chance that regardless of what town you live or shop in around our region, it’s not the same town your grandparents or great grandparents would recognize. Most of the towns of Southern Oregon started with a lot of wood business buildings. The brick buildings we … Continue reading »

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