Ashland, Oregon (Images of America Series)

Overview


What is known as Ashland today was historically less of a destination than a crossroads. Native Americans had passed through the valley for centuries, often establishing small villages. Farmers in search of new lands followed the Applegate Trail, bringing their wagons through the area on their way north to the fertile Willamette Valley. Gold seekers, coming and going to California, or on their way to the nearby tent town called Table Rock City (Jacksonville), came through as well. A handful of men, though, some ...
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Overview


What is known as Ashland today was historically less of a destination than a crossroads. Native Americans had passed through the valley for centuries, often establishing small villages. Farmers in search of new lands followed the Applegate Trail, bringing their wagons through the area on their way north to the fertile Willamette Valley. Gold seekers, coming and going to California, or on their way to the nearby tent town called Table Rock City (Jacksonville), came through as well. A handful of men, though, some fresh from the California goldfields, sought a more stable way of making a living and decided that outfitting those afflicted with gold fever might prove more profitable. Over time, mills, a Chautauqua, a lithia water experiment, a railroad terminal, a college, and finally an award-winning Shakespeare festival with an eight-and-a-half-month season, coupled with numerous "best places to retire" articles, have culminated in Ashland becoming a destination in itself.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738571027
  • Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
  • Publication date: 7/20/2009
  • Series: Images of America Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,403,805
  • Product dimensions: 6.54 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Meet the Author


Author Joe Peterson has taught both history and education courses at Southern Oregon University and has managed Teaching American History federal grants for the Southern Oregon Education Service District. For this volume, he gathered historic photographs primarily from the extensive private collection of lifelong Ashland resident Terry Skibby.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 6

Introduction 7

1 A Town Called Ashland Mills 9

2 Driving a Golden Spike in Ashland! 31

3 A Cultural Mecca? 51

4 Lithia Water and a Park 67

5 One Man's Stubborn Tenacity-Shakespeare in the Woods! 93

6 The Reinvention of Ashland, Oregon 107

Bibliography 127

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