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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legislature for the first bridge at the foot of Sixth Street. Since Grants Pass was the new county seat and governed by a county court system, the county authorized a bridge across the Applegate near Slate Creek and both bridges were completed by September of 1886, opening up mining on a much larger scale than ever before.

GOLD PRODUCTION IN DOLLARS Records of the U.S. Mint show production in dollars of $16,816,275.39 for the entire state of Oregon during the years 1848 to 1882. It is estimated that at least half that amount was mined in Southern Oregon. The total real value can never be accurately ascertained as many of the miners hoarded their gold and much of the gold that was mined by the Chinese was shipped back to China.

From 1882 to 1899 Gold productions for southwestern Oregon amounted to $5,808,831.11. Between 1900 and 1912, southwestern Oregon produced $5,448,941. 1906 was the peak year showing $600,000 produced.

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It is estimated that at least half of gold productions was mined in Southern Oregon.

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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.