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Mail Tribune 100, May 11, 1922

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

May 11, 1922


J. C. Ottinger of Medford has leased the Jackson hot springs this side of Ashland on the Pacific Highway, and work will start at once on the construction of a swimming pool, a dance pavilion, a bathhouse and an auto camp ground.

Work has already started on the construction of a concrete wall around the spring so that the water will rise to a level high enough to allow it to flow across the Pacific Highway to the land on the east side of the road, where all of the building and the pool will be situated.

The swimming pool is to be an open air pool for this summer and will most likely be housed by next year. It is to be 45 by 90 feet and will be built of concrete. If housed it will be kept open all winter as the water is exceedingly warm and will be comfortable at all times of the year. The house surrounding the pool will have removable sections to allow free circulation of air in the summer season.

The bathhouse will be equipped with sulfur water showers, the water for which will be piped from the four small springs on the hillside west of the large spring.

The dancing pavilion will be 60 by 100 feet and will be arranged so that open air dancing in the summer season may be enjoyed. It will also be capable of being closed on the sides in the winter season to exclude the cold and moisture.

This new resort promises to enjoy much popularity and if the present outlook is verified a baseball diamond, good tennis courts and a golf course may be installed at a future date.


It is reported by local sportsmen that the fish ladders at Gold Ray dam have been closed and that fish are now unable to get past the dam into the upper reaches of the river. This has been done because high water washed out the racks at the Elk Creek hatchery and the hatchery men do not wish to allow the fish to pass the hatchery on their way up the river before the eggs are taken from them. It is expected that it will be three weeks before the racks are re-installed at the hatchery and the fish ladders at Gold Ray opened.


The Howe Greater London Shows, a three-ring circus is booked for appearance in this city July 12th. Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey circus is scheduled for early in September.

— Alissa Corman; acorman@rosebudmedia.com