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The Infamous Black Bird Southern Oregon History, Revised


Jackson County 1919


    Ashland (pop. 5,050, alt. 1,868 ft.) occupies a plateau overlooking the valley of the Rogue River and surrounded by the curving ranges of the snow-capped Siskiyou Mountains. The dominating peak is Mt. Ashland, or Siskiyou Peak, situated on the state boundary at a height of 7,662 ft. An auto road leads to viewpoints high up on its flanks. Its twin peak is Mt. Wagner, 7,000 ft. high. Another lofty summit is Sterling Peak, 7,377 ft. high. To the northeast rises Grizzly Peak, a pile of lava 6,000 ft. high.
    Ashland has numerous mineral springs owned by the municipality, whose waters show a higher mineral analysis than those of Saratoga, N.Y. Reaching the main business portion of the city, there is found a little plaza with a drinking fountain surmounted with a statue of the Pioneer, a gift to the city by one of its residents. To the left of the Plaza, about 100 yards, is Lithia Park, especially maintained for tourists. The "original" automobile campground is maintained here, and auto parties are welcome to camp with no other cost than 25¢ a day for the gas used for cooking purposes. The camp is well lighted with electric lights, has modern sanitation, private table and benches for each camping party and individual gas plates and lockers for food. A visit to this park would not be complete should the tourists fail to drive up Ashland Canyon, crossing and recrossing a swift-running mountain stream to a point where a signpost says to turn off. This is the upper end of the scenic drive, and continuing on this driveway will give the tourists a splendid view of Rogue River Valley and the city of Ashland.
    Like most of the mountain-walled towns of Oregon, Ashland's summer days are excessively hot, but the nights are always cool. It is a comfortable town and a good touring base for the Marble Caves, Crater Lake and the Klamath Basin. In the vicinity fossil flora has been found that is totally different from any living flora in Oregon. According to the U.S. geological reports, flora of the same type, and hence presumably of the same age, is found in the rocks of northern California about the big bend of the Pit River and on Little Cow Creek east of Redding. These flora are evidently closely related to the plants that lived during the period when certain of the gold-bearing gravels of the Sierra Nevadas in California were being deposited. The geologic age of these gravels has been determined in part by the aid of these fossil plants.
Automobile Blue Book, vol. 8, 1919, page 247



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