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Mail Tribune 100, March 20, 1922

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March 20, 1922


The exodus of motor tourists northward from California where they have spent the winter has begun and many have been passing through Medford daily for a week past. Only a few stop here because the city auto camp has not yet been opened for the season.

Four car loads of tourists from California were parked into the city auto camp today, and they declared that hundreds more will be stringing along northward shortly. Besides not a few cars are southward bound to California which do not stop here because of the camp being closed. The water is shut off from the grounds, the lavatories are locked up, the fireplaces are not ready for use and the camp is just as it was left for the winter season.

The city officials realize that they must get busy at once and not only get the camp ground ready for the horde of tourists which it is known will soon be on the road, but increase the facilities of that resort, which when established last spring estimated a capacity at the most of forty or fifty persons a day. During last summer, however, the attendance at times reached a hundred or over a day. And from all reports the auto tourist travel will break all records the coming season.

These tourists leave a large amount of money in the city with local merchants, garages and service stations. One banker claims that he personally knows of auto tourists at the local camp spending $500 a week in two weeks last season.

Superintendent of City Departments Chas. W. Davis and Councilman E. C. Gaddis visited the camp this forenoon and later discussed with Mayor Gates the auto camp situation for this year. The matte will probably be acted on by the city council at its next meeting, if not before at a special called meeting. It is probable that Medford will fall in line with most other Oregon cities and towns and inaugurate a charge of fifty cents a day per car stopping at the auto camp, which will include the providing of firewood.

From the way the tourists are coming along already and the reports of the coming influx shortly it is probable that the city auto camp will be opened for the season withing a few days, with a caretaker in charge, and that as soon as possible the city council will increase the camp facilities and make its surroundings as comfortable as possible, within the reach of its financial ability.

— Alissa Corman; acorman@rosebudmedia.com