Add a New Exhibit to the Website

Submitted by Pat Harper on Thu, 10/20/2022 - 09:05

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 Mon, 10/03/2022 - 11:28

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.

Amphibious Fire Engine

Submitted by Pat Harper on Mon, 10/03/2022 - 09:59

Christmas Parade, reported by Ben Truwe

Jan 12 2022 - 5:49am

Image removed.A few months ago, organizers at Jacksonville e-mailed to ask if the Amphibious Fire Engine could perform as Santa Claus' sleigh in their Christmas parade. This makes two years in a row. It could become a tradition.

Barron Post Office, 1875

The post office was named for the family which ran the stage stop and post office out of the family ranch "Mountain House" at the foot of the Siskiyou Mountains. Barron was located about 10 miles SE of Ashland on the road that became old Hwy. 99 near the railroad tracks. Although the first postmaster was James Taylor, Martha A. Barron was postmistress for 28 years. Then, according to the Barrons, during Jim Cooke's postmastership beginning in 1905, he moved the post office to the "Klammath Junction" area - now under Emigrant Lake.

Wimer Post Office

Named for William Wimer, editor of the Grants Pass newspaper who helped the locals get approval for this post office on Evans Creek, the Wimer post office was twelve miles E of Grants Pass and seven miles N of Woodville.

Where did they go? Following the mail trail of the DPOs of Jackson County, Oregon (SHS 979.5281 S93 2013)