The SOHS Library is OPEN to the public at 106 N. Central Avenue in Medford, with FREE access to the SOHS Archives, from 12:00 - 4:00 pm, Tuesday through Saturday. Appointments are not necessary. Please contact, or call 541-622-2025 ex 200 to ask questions or request research.


Pear Blossom Parade Saga

Submitted by Pat Harper on

Apr 15 2019 - 7:56am, Ben Truwe

Thanks to SOHS's intrepid, persistent volunteers, the Amphibious Fire Engine was in the Pear Blossom Parade in 2019. Here is their story, as told by Ben Truwe (photos provided by Doug McGeary):

Our grand plan for participation in this year's parade was to meet at Hanley farm around 9:00 Saturday morning. Simple. But when we tried it we all found our way blocked by police and hundreds of Pear Blossom Run participants.

First Prize in the Ashland Parade!

Submitted by Truwe on

Jul 6 2018 - 10:57am

SOHS's fire engine won First Price for Vehicles in the Ashland Parade! The fire engine's first appearance in Ashland in forty years marks the end of yet another phase in its life and the beginning of a new one. Thanks to Alice Mullaly and Doug McGeary for carrying SOHS's banner to assure that people understand SOHS is responsible for saving this piece of history and making it operational again.

Add a New Exhibit to the Website

Submitted by Pat Harper on

Step One - add the Exhibit Title and explanation. this is the Parent page of the "book"

Fill in the Title (required), and text in the Body field if you wish. 

Add a photo/image if you want to 

In the right column, Under Book Outline, replace None with Create a New Book

Under "URL alias" you can also give this page a descriptive URL, such as /new-exhibit (replacing "new-exhibit" with your chosen title, keep it simple and use dashes or underscores instead of spaces). 


SOHS's Amphibious Fire Engine

Submitted by Pat Harper on

The Southern Oregon Historical Society’s “amphibious” fire engine was ordered new by the City of Ashland early in 1946, but with postwar shortages, delivery took nearly a year. The Ford truck chassis was converted to a fire pumper by the Howard Cooper Company at their Portland factory. It then served Ashland for nearly thirty years before being sold as surplus to a private party. The fire engine acquired its unusual nickname during a flood in January of 1948. Firefighters placed the engine on the bridge at the entrance to Lithia Park.