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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Dry Diggings II - Placer Mining at the Dry Diggings in 1905

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reservoir at the upper end of the placer ground, which is now being worked. This reservoir has received attention this week from the force of employees and the face of its walls has been raised several feet and its capacity has been correspondingly increased. It is also being made into a "self shooter" with the ingenious contrivance by which the reservoir discharges itself by the weight of the overflow water, the gate dropping again of its own accord as soon as the reservoir is empty.

The water of Jones Creek, the former water supply of the mine is still utilized and helps to augment the volume of the ground sluice. The Jones Creek water is collected in the upper reservoir. The present flow of water fills the reservoir about five or six times in a 24-hour period. In addition to the other active machinery at the dam, the sawmill has been in operation a portion of the present week, cutting lumber for flumes.

Editor's note:

The Golden Drift Mining Company Dam was started in 1902 and finished in 1903 by C.W. Ament. The mining property consisted of 1000 acres between Jones Creek and Bloody Run Creek. The area mined was known as the Dry Diggings, located two miles west of the city on Foothill Blvd [old garbage dump area] All that is left of the dam ... Continued - END

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The area mined was known as the Dry Diggings, located two miles west of the city on Foothill Blvd.

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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.