Introduction to Ashland, Oregon
Ashland, Oregon, in Jackson county, is 12 miles SE of Medford, Oregon and 230 miles S of Portland, Oregon. The city is conveniently located inside the Medford-Ashland metropolitan area. There are an estimated 19,522 people in Ashland.
The original settlers of Ashland were the Shasta Indians. Hunters and trappers from the Hudson Bay Company passed through the area in the 1820s. In 1855, it was named Ashland Mills after Ashland County, Ohio. The Ashland Academy, which is now known as Southern Oregon University, was established in the city on November 4, 1872. The first railroad entered Ashland in December 1887.
Ashland and nearby Attractions
- Crater Lake National Park
- Pacific Northwest Museum of Natural History
- Schneider Museum of Art
- Mount Ashland
- Science Works Hands on Museum
- TouVelle State Recreation Site
Things To Do In Ashland
Ashland offers a wide variety of recreational opportunities. The Schneider Museum of Art, the Science Works Hands-on Museum, the Pacific Northwest Museum of Natural History and the Jacksonville Museum of Southern Oregon History may prove interesting to those hoping to learn more about the area's history. One can plan a day trip to the Agate Reservoir County Park or the TouVelle State Recreation Site from Ashland as well. Golfers can enjoy a round at the Bear Creek Golf Course, the Oak Knoll Golf Course and the Quail Point Golf Course. In addition, Ashland hosts the Oregon Shakespeare Festival every year.
Rogue Valley International is the nearest major airport.
Ashland Higher Education
Southern Oregon University is the local institution of higher education. Rogue Community College, Shasta College and the Oregon Institute of Technology also provide higher education in the area.