Introduction to Medford, Oregon
Medford is situated in the Rogue Valley in the southern portion of Oregon. It's surrounded by mountains and located in Jackson County. The economy is primarily based in healthcare while agriculture and the timber industry are still significant economic factors. Medford is known for its excellent pears. Harry and David Operations Corp. is the biggest direct marketing company regarding fruits and food gift items in the country. Medford and the surrounding region has developed a thriving wine industry.
Outdoor reaction activities are poplar for residents and tourists. The well known Crater Lake, which is the deepest lake in the country is nearby. Due to being positioned between the Siskiyou Mountains and the Cascade Range, the city does not receive the substantial amount of rain which typically falls in the towns in the Pacific Northwest.
In 1883 railroad surveyors arrived at Rock Point. One of the surveyors, David Loring who worked for the Oregon and California Railroad named the city in tribute to his home town, Medford Massachusetts. In 1884 the railroad had arrived and soon a thriving town was created. In 1905 Medford was incorporated as a city. During the beginning of the 20th Century a steel bridge was constructed across Bear Creek which made transportation much easier and safer for the citizens.
- Alba Park.
- The Claire Hanley Arboretum.
- Medford Carnegie Library.
- Roxy Ann Peak, a dormant volcano which is approximately 30 million years old.
- Prescott Park.
- Vogel Plaza is the location for numerous local events.
- Medford Railroad Park.
- Upper and Lower Table Rocks are huge sandstone-basaltic mesas that include lava caps.
- The huge blackbird statue located in town.
- Rogue Valley Mall.
- Craterian Ginger Rogers Theater.
- Southern Oregon Historical Society.
In the Medford region there are a vast number of streams and numerous lakes that offer excellent fishing opportunities. Boating and fishing are popular on the Rogue River. There are plenty of places for camping. Trailheads located near Table Rock Road provide hiking opportunities and provide a path to the top of the Lower Table Rock which offers excellent views of the Siskiyou Mountains and the Rogue River. Rafting is available on the Rogue River and the Klamath River. Tourists enjoy the walking tour of the Haunted Brothels and Opium Dens of Medford and the tour of the Harry David facility.
- Pear Blossom Run, Parade & Street Fair features a race that is one of the prominent athletic events in the Rogue Valley.
- Britt Festival is a major music and performing arts event for the Northwest.
- The Rogue Balloon Rally features the wonderful "Night Glo."
- Medford Jazz Jubilee.
- Art in Bloom is a major festival.
- A Taste of History showcases historic locations in the downtown area.