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Mail Tribune 100, Jan. 7, 1922

The following news items were drawn from the archives of the Mail Tribune 100 years ago

Jan. 7, 1922


Advanced at a recent luncheon of the chamber of commerce in this city, Prof. Irvin Vining of Ashland, has outlined a plan for a southern Oregon celebration to be staged annually in which all parts of the district would cooperate. The feature of the plan would be a circuit of celebrations covering all the principal scenic attractions, to fill the place in southern Oregon that the Rose Festival fills for Portland, the Roundup for Pendleton, and the state fair for Salem. Outlining his plan in a recent issue of his home paper, Prof. Vining says:

“Beginning with Grants Pass, visitors would be taken over the new highway — which will be completed early next Summer — to the caves, where there would be a big barbecue, lecture by an eminent geologist and exploration of the caves — which would be illuminated by colored electric lights — and perhaps other features.

“Two or three days later, Medford would stage an excursion to Crater Lake, where there would be another barbecue, big bonfire, lectures, etc. On Wizard Island, which has a miniature mountain and crater, the later could be lit up with colored lights and a representation given of the eruption which created Crater Lake. From the United States army department giant searchlights could probably be borrowed and used to illuminate Phantom Ship, Devil’s Backbone and other objects of interest. Powerful electric lights are used in a similar manner to illuminate Niagara Falls, and the geysers at Yellowstone Park. Joaquin Miller’s legend of Crater Lake could be dramatized and perhaps other attractions presented. Those which have been named are, of course, merely suggestive.

“Ashland has pre-empted Lake o’ the Woods and Mount Pitt, having — or soon will have — a good road to the lake and from there to Pelican bay, on Klamath lake, connecting with a road to Crater Lake. The road from Klamath Falls to Lake o’ the Woods leads through a rough country, which Klamathons would naturally not be anxious for visitors to see.

“The road to Lake o’ the Woods is expected to be in good shape by next August, which would be the best month to put on the excursions. In addition to boating, bathing, campfires and a barbecue, an ascent of Mount Pitt could be arranged. The distance to the summit is about twelve miles from the lake and the altitude something like 5,000 feet higher. The ascent is about as easy as that of Mount Ashland ...”

— Alissa Corman; acorman@rosebudmedia.com