Rogue River Valley, Oregon - Southern Oregon is divided into three main river basins; the Umpqua River, the Rogue River, and the Klamath Basin. The Umpqua meets the Pacific at Reedsport, the Rogue mouth is near Gold Beach, and the Klamath empties at the Redwoods National Park in Northern California. All three rivers have their headwaters in the Cascade Mountains on the slopes of Crater Lake, Oregon's only national park. The Rogue River is a designated National Scenic River, and formed much of the backdrop for the Meryl Streep movie "The River Wild." Jet boat trips and white water rafting are very popular.

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Rogue River Valley, Oregon - A beautiful place to visit, a wonderful place to live. Come and find a place to call your own. Southern Oregon is a great place to own a home and grow your family.

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  • The Rogue River Poem


  • Pioneer Days for Southern Oregon - 1/3

  • In 1849 the vast country lying between the Siskiyou and the Calapooia hills was comparatively unknown to white man. Along the solitary trail that led into the interior of Oregon from California a lonely traveling train now and then made its weary way, or a solitary hunter or trapper journeyed either to or from Vancouver in search of furs...
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  • Early Placer Gold Mining In Josephine Co.

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  • The Oregon Cavemen Inc. of Grants Pass - 1/2

  • The Oregon Caveman booster organization was given birth in early 1922. That summer, as a gag a few members of the local Chamber of Commerce decided to show up for a luncheon at the Oxford (Del Rogue) Hotel wearing skins ....

  • Touchdown Willie Heston - 1/11

  • Willie Heston of Grants Pass, Oregon was hailed by the University of Michigan to be the greatest football player to ever play for the Wolverines in the first 50 years of this century. He was twice...

  • The Ox and Log Wagon

  • It was Monday the Sixth of April 1903, a beautiful spring day in Grants Pass. The hypnotic spell of the warm pine scented afternoon was interrupted by a man shouting about a six-ox team pulling an empty logging wagon across the Rogue River Bridge...

  • Placer Mining at the Dry Diggings in 1905 - 1/3

  • As a historian for the Josephine County Historical Society, I have been asked on more than one occasion just how the Golden Drift Mining Company Dam (Ament) was utilized for mining purposes..

  • The Great 4th of July Surprise of 1909 - 1/3


  • Gold Discovery in Josephine County - 1/2

  • When and Where - Gold was first discovered in Josephine County May 2nd of 1851 on Josephine ...

  • The Decline of Mining in Josephine County


  • Mercury and its Importance in Mining - 1/2

  • Mercury was placed in small amounts in the bottom of a pan ...

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    Rogue River Valley, Oregon - The Siskiyou Mountains stretch between the Cascade Mountains and the Coast Range at the California border. The entire area is more vertical than most other parts of the state, which leads to numerous waterfalls, lots of whitewater rapids, and some spectacular scenery. Rogue River Valley is outside the main population centers of the state and the area has a very rural flavor. Major industries are tourism, wood products and agriculture. The climate is generally milder and more Mediterranean than North Western Oregon. Average rainfallis about 20 % lower and the temperatures are a bit higher.