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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Placer Mining at the Dry Diggings in 1905
Edited by Michael Oaks JCHS

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The following is an article published in the April 14, 1905 Rogue River Courier as follows:

The big hydraulic plant of the Golden Drift is in steady operation and the giants are playing steadily on the auriferous banks of the old Dry Diggings, dry no longer. The big pump and its adjuncts work with remarkable smoothness and perfection, lifting the enormous weight of water with ease and steadiness and keeping the nozzles filled at an abundant pressure. At a point near the diggings where the water is raised to its greatest height, the big pipe line divides into four branches, each provided with a shut-off so that the water may be shifted from one to the other at will. Three of these branches are constantly utilized for the flow of water and the fourth branch supplies a sort of reserve outlet in the event of its becoming necessary to shut off the water from one or more of the other branches. Two of the pipelines are used to furnish water to the giants while the third leads to a ... Continued - Page 2

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The big hydraulic plant of the Golden Drift is in steady operation and the giants are playing steadily on the auriferous banks of the old Dry Diggings, dry no longer.

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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.