New from Arcadia Publishing and local author, Joe Peterson, is the newest volume in the popular Images of America Series, Ashland.
What is known as Ashland today was historically less of a destination than a crossroads. Native Americans had passed through the valley for centuries, often establishing small villages. Farmers in search of new lands followed the Applegate Trail, bringing their wagons through the area on their way north to the fertile Willamette Valley. Gold seekers, coming and going to California, or on their way to the nearby tent town called Table Rock City (Jacksonville), came through as well. A handful of men, though, some fresh from the California goldfields, sought a more stable way of making a living and decided that outfitting those afflicted with gold fever might prove more profitable. Over time, mills, a Chautauqua, a lithia water experiment, a railroad terminal, a college, and finally an award-winning Shakespeare festival with an eight-and-a-half-month season, coupled with numerous “best places to retire” articles, have culminated in Ashland becoming a destination in itself.
Highlights of Ashland:
• Includes unpublished historic photos from Terry Skibby and Joe Peterson’s private collections.
• Explores how the construction of a single building can change a town.
• Documents how FDR’s “Stimulus Package” helped initiate today’s Oregon Shakespeare Festival.
• Discusses the ways Ashland women influenced politics even before they were permitted to vote.
Available at area bookstores, independent retailers, and online retailers, or through Arcadia Publishing at (888)-313-2665 or www.arcadiapublishing.com.
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