Mail Tribune 100, Oct. 6, 1920
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Oct. 6, 1920
SOUTHERN OREGON GIVEN HIGH PRAISE BY VISITORS AT PARK-TO-PARK BANQUET
That Medford, Ashland and the valley are enthusiastic about the projected national park-to-park highway was evidenced last night at the banquet given at the Hotel Medford in honor of the park-to-park touring party by the Medford business men. It was one of the most delightful banquets in every way in the city’s history with several hundred men and women present from all parts of the valley including delegations from Ashland, Central Point and Eagle Point.
The park-to-park highway was given a great boost and the speeches were very instructive as to the benefits to be derived by any community thru good roads and properly equipped and well located auto camp grounds. The fact was brought out clearly by one of the well informed outside speakers on the tourist businesses that any community not keeping up to the times with such a camp would retrograde and be shunned by tourists.
Visitors Well Pleased
The members of the park-to-park highway party left the city today in love with Medford and the valley, and its people, much admiring the Medford spirit, delighted with Crater lake and with their Medford and lake entertainment. Their speakers all showed this. In fact they openly stated at the banquet that altho so far on the thousands of miles they have traveled they had been entrained and banqueted everywhere, but at no place had they encountered so much genuine hospitality and warmth as at Medford. And by Medford they meant all the valley. They meant this compliment, too.
In previous years of world series ball games from 100 to 500 fans of the city and valley gathered in front at the Mail Tribune for the scores, and the office force was kept busy answering phone calls regarding the outcome. The world series is now on. This year there has been average attendance of 10, and no phone calls. There is no known reason for the decrease in interest.
Alex Sparrow, supervisor of Crater national park, came down from the lake Tuesday afternoon for last night’s banquet and enjoyed every second of it, especially the many complimentary references to Crater lake. He returned to the lake today and will stay there until the snow gets so deep that it drives him back to white shirts and collars, mild language and other civilization.
Filled with pleasant memories of Medford and Crater lake and of gratitude for their warm reception here, the members of the national park-to-park touring party departed from the city this morning for a visit to the California national parks. They were escorted to Ashland by L. F. Ferguson and John F. Fuller, president and secretary of the Ashland Commercial club for a visit to the Ashland park and auto camp grounds, which the party photographed. The Ashland men escorted them to the California state line. At last night’s banquet Harry N. Burhaus of Denver, in his speech said that the Ashland auto camp is nationally known as one of the greatest in the country.
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