The Cow Creek tribe recently purchased a 1,700-acre ranch near the Table Rocks for agricultural purposes. I recall that Ginger Rogers, the actress and dancer, bought a ranch along the Rogue River. I was wondering if the Cow Creek bought the Ginger Rogers ranch?
— Gary L., Medford
We hope you didn't bet on this one, Gary, because they are not the same ranches. Ginger Rogers' 1,000-acre spread was located adjacent to the river between Eagle Point and Shady Cove, pretty far from the Table Rocks.
Rogers, who died in 1995, bought her ranch in 1940 as a hideaway from the Hollywood madness. She would forego the glamour of the silver screen and instead would go fishing or pick blackberries for jam like any sensible Southern Oregonian.
At the time, Rogers was frequently seen shopping in local grocery stores.
Rogers bought her ranch in the same year she starred in "Kitty Foyle," a role that earned her the Academy Award for best actress. She visited the ranch when she had time off and wanted some solitude. After she retired in 1969, she spent summers at the Southern Oregon ranch and winters in Rancho Mirage, Calif.
Even though she eschewed Hollywood glamour along the Rogue, her star status helped the local tourism industry.
The Cow Creek Band of the Umpqua Tribe of Indians is planning to buy the Rogue River Ranch, which sits immediately south of the Table Rocks, on the north side of the river.
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