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  • Ashland historian Larry Mullaly will discuss the 125th anniversary of the golden spike, when the north-south railroad was completed at Ashland. The talk, titled "The Story of Ashland's Golden Spike," will be at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, in the Gresham Room at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd.
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  • Ashland historian Larry Mullaly will discuss the 125th anniversary of the golden spike, when the north-south railroad was completed at Ashland. The talk, titled "The Story of Ashland's Golden Spike," will be at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, in the Gresham Room at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd.
    He also will address the much less familiar story of transportation capitalist Ben Holladay, who built the tracks from Portland to Roseburg in 1870-72, planned to bypass the Rogue Valley, then went bankrupt before he could do it.
    Holladay, already the owner of large shipping interests and the coast-to-coast Overland Stage, in 1866 acquired the rights to build the line, which would connect with the transcontinental Union Pacific in California. He planned to avoid the torturous Siskiyou Pass by going through Sams Valley, then jumping the Cascades by Lake of the Woods and shooting down the Klamath Basin, says Mullaly, adding, "If he'd done it, there would have been no Medford."
    The free talk is based in part on documents Mullaly uncovered in the National Archives.
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