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Ashland, Oregon

Posted by graywacke on April 24, 2011

First timer?  In this formerly once-a-day blog (then every-other-day blog and now a one-to-three-times a week blog), I have my computer select a random latitude and longitude that puts me somewhere in the continental United States (the lower 48).  I call this “landing.”  I keep track of the watersheds I land in, as well as the town I land near.  I do some internet research to hopefully find something of interest about my landing location.  To find out more about A Landing A Day (like who “Dan” is and what the various numbers and abbreviations mean in the first paragraph), please see “About Landing,” (and “Abbreviations” and “Cryptic Numbers”) above.

Dan –  I feel like I have to start by apologizing about the length of time between posts.  It has been weeks and weeks . . .

Anyway, let me get back in the saddle, but keep my lousy OSer trend going (now at 7/8), with this landing in . . .OR; 73/63; 3/10; 3; 156.7.  Here’s my landing map, showing my proximity to Ashland:

Here’s a broader view:

Here’s my GE view, showing a mix of woodlands and meadows:

Here’s an oblique view, showing that I landed in what appears to be a very lovely corner of Oregon:

I landed in the Cottonwood Ck watershed (my 20th Cottonwood Creek, by the way); on to the Keene Ck; to Jenny Ck; to the Klamath R (8th hit).

No offense to Ashland (which is a lovely town in a lovely area), but all I could find of interest is the following, from Wiki:

The oldest working telephone booth in Oregon, made of wood with a tin ceiling, is located in downtown Ashland in the Columbia Hotel. The Columbia Hotel, built in 1910 as part of the Enders Building, is the oldest hotel in Ashland and continues to flourish today.

OK, OK, so all of you local Ashlanders are probably thinking that I could talk about the Shakespeare Festival.  I guess I could, but I won’t.  Any readers who are big Shakespeare fans (which I’m obviously not), Google Ashland and Shakespeare and read all about it.  Anyway, here’s an inviting shot of Ashland by Graham Lewis from PreservationNation.com:

Here’s a Panaramio photo by MTGS, looking south towards my landing, which is about two miles away, past the hill on the right side of the photo:

I noticed the “Dead Indian Memorial Road” just northwest of my landing (see landing map).  From Oregon.com:

Long before the first Euro-American emigrants trekked westward, this road was a trail used by the Takelma and Shasta Peoples as a trade route. With the arrival of settlers and gold-seekers, the trail quickly became a wagon road called “Indian Market Road.”

During the 1850s, the increased population of Euro-Americans, their occupation of traditional food gathering areas, and often hostile behavior, caused the most serious “Indian Wars” in U.S. history. In 1854, the bodies of several dead, possibly murdered, Native Americans were discovered along this road in a narrow prairie several miles northeast of this marker. For many years thereafter this portion of Oregon was known as the “Dead Indian Country,” and until recently, this road was officially called “Dead Indian Road.”

Recognizing the negative connotations associated with the name ”Dead Indian Road,” and acknowledging that many Native Americans lost their lives in this valley as a consequence of westward expansion, the name was changed to “Dead Indian Memorial Road” in 1993.

Here’s a Panaramio picture (by Dana Hight) of some ground fog just off the Dead Indian Memorial Road:

I’ll close with this cool Panaramio shot by Mark Peterson, also taken just off the road:

That’ll do it. . .



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