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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Quartz Mining in Josephine County

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Much of Grants Pass was built upon mining capital. A large percentage of all the early businessmen in this city and county either owned a mine or had an interest in one.

Many of those same businessmen who could not get away, hired men to dig tunnels or work his mine for a percentage.

Many great quartz mines have been discovered in Josephine County and are too numerous to list all of them. Some of the more notable mines are the "Greenback", "Granite Hill" Eureka, Almeda, Benton, Ida, Lucky Queen, and the Boswell to name a few.

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The Josephine County Historical Society has a copy of the Oregon Metal Handbook for Josephine County that lists the names of over 400 plus mines. These mines of all the various mining districts of our county include placer, Copper, quartz as well as Chromium and Nickel.

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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.