The Infamous Black Bird Southern Oregon History, Revised

Jackson County 1924


    First let it be said that Jackson County is as big physically as it is big in opportunities. Its land area is 1,788,100 acres. The county is three times as large as the state of Rhode Island. It is half the size of Connecticut. Three Jackson Counties would make a Massachusetts, a Vermont or a New Hampshire.
    Our county lies in the extreme southern part of western Oregon, being separated from northern California by the famed Siskiyou Mountains. At the base of the Siskiyous on the Oregon side the great Rogue River Valley begins, and extends for miles to the north. Along its highways are thriving cities, towns and villages.
    On the east the county is bordered by the rugged Cascade Mountains, and on the west by the Coast Range. While surrounded practically by mountains, the elevation of the Rogue River Valley varies from 1,000 to 2,500 feet. Within these elevations is found the ideal altitude which the average person requires for good health.
    The surrounding mountain ranges are heavily wooded with pines, firs, cedars, oak and ash. This uncut timber, covering more than half the county, is a most valuable asset.
    Jackson County has vast mineral deposits, largely undeveloped. We have gold, silver, quicksilver, copper, lead, coal, iron, asbestos, marble, limestone, granite and clay. Great fortunes lie here in the virgin rocks, awaiting two things--capital and labor.
    Our chief pursuits are fruit-growing, agriculture, lumber production, stock-raising, mining, market gardening and various branches of manufacture, all of which are briefly touched upon in this book under appropriate headings.
    The county is located about halfway between San Francisco and Portland, Oregon. The paved Pacific Highway connects us with those important cities, as does the main line of the Southern Pacific railroad.
    Trips by auto to San Francisco and Portland afford a constant delight. Many people go through in one day.
    The last census gave Jackson County a population of 20,405. Since that time the increase has been rapid. The total area devoted to farms is 312,936 acres, the value of which is given by the United States Census Bureau as $23,925,385.
    Jackson County's especial pride is its climate, its scenery, its fertile soil, its schools and its homes. Here we are healthy and happy. Here we have everything that contributes to the progress and uplift of the human family.
    This county does not want more people so much as it wants better people. It wants men and women who are successful, industrious and appreciative of the advantages we can offer them. It particularly wants people who will take an interest in maintaining the desirable class of citizenship already here, of whom we are so proud. Our aim is to get successful people to come among us. We know that if they have succeeded elsewhere, they can succeed even better here.
Bert Moses, Where Nature Lavished Her Bounties, Jackson County, 1924

Last revised November 6, 2013