Culture in the Rogue Valley

Hey there folks! Amanda here…

For my blog post today I was planning on visiting a local art structure to blog about, but honestly lost track of time with this beautiful weather the Rogue Valley has been having!

I have found myself wandering on some local adventures, and thought what better cultural experience to blog about than what most Rogue Valley residents have been doing these past few weeks of sunny weather!?

Sorry to my fellow classmate bloggers who touch on travel and outdoor experiences… Rather than discussing the “traveling” and “outdoors” experience, I am hoping to focus this post on the more cultural side of these beautiful hikes/adventures!

Here are some photos I have recently captured on these beautiful adventures:

Butte Falls: 


Not much of a hike like most of the ones I am going to discuss, but still a must for locals to experience and just as beautiful. Butte Falls is about a half hour drive outside of Eagle Point and it is a gorgeous drive. The “hike” itself is actually about a five minute walk that ends at these beautiful falls you see here.

Lumberjacks from Michigan started cutting down pine trees for timber above Big Butte Creek in the early 1900’s. This lead to finding the town close by. The Pacific and Eastern Railroad started in Medford and reached Butte Falls by 1910. Making Butte Falls no longer isolated.
More history of Butte Falls can be found here.



Emigrant Lake:emigrantlake

As many locals know, Emigrant Lake is another must see in the culture of the Rogue Valley. Many local families and students enjoy their time here during the long summer days.

There are many different “spots” around the lake to either hike the trails and enjoy unique spots, or to just simply get out your boat and have some fun.

The reservoir of Emigrant lake was made in 1924. Originally the arch dam was 110-foot concrete that was built by the Talent Irrigation District for irrigation and flood control. Later in 1960, the United States Bureau of Reclamation made the dam into the 204-foot structure filled with rock we have today.

Lower (and Upper) Table Rock: tablerock

Both Table Rocks are one of many go-to hikes for locals in the Rogue Valley. A short drive outside of Central Point, you can choose either Lower (the view pictured here,) or Upper Table Rock to hike. They both are very different, but each an awesome hike.

The Table Rocks are a huge part of the Rogue Valley culture. From Hike Table Rocks, it reads “The 125-foot-thick andesite rims capping these U-shaped mesas are remnants of a lava flow that snaked down the Rogue River Valley 9.6 million years ago from vents east of Prospect. Since then, erosion has worn away the softer surrounding rock, leaving the hard andesite perched 800 feet above the plain. Why are the mesas U-shaped? Geologists propose that the curves were originally horseshoe bends in the river channel where the lava flowed.”

Roxy-Anne Peak:  roxyannapeak

Roxy-Anne Prescott Park is yet another favorite hike with many different trails that lead to the top of Roxy-Anne Peak. Locals enjoy this hike just about all year round and is apart of the Rogue Valley’s culture.

“The park totals 1740 acres and consists of 200 acres purchased by the Lions Club and donated to the City in 1930 and 1500 acres purchased by the City via the Federal Lands to Parks Act in 1931.  It is believed that the additional 40 acre parcel was purchased from a private party but records are unclear.

Constable George J. Prescott was a member of the Lions Club and a big supporter of park development.  He was shot in the line of duty, and in 1937 Mayor Furnas dedicated the park as ‘Prescott Park.'” – City of Medford 

Applegate Lake: applegatelake 

Applegate Lake is a go-to location in the summertime. There are many different “spots” and locations you can find by adventuring around the lake.

The history and culture of this lake is important to those who reside in the Valley. Formed in 1980, Applegate Lake was made into an earth filled dam to control the watershed and fish by the Army Corp of Engineers.

If you’re interested to learn more on Applegate, click here.

Mill Creek Falls:millcreekfalls  

Lastly, my personal and many other locals’ favorite, Mill Creek Falls. This beautiful trail hike is just outside prospect and is a beautiful walk. You can either end up near the area pictured here (which is fun to explore,) or lower down near the bottom of the bigger waterfall.

It is not known when or by whom the falls were discovered. The town of Prospect settled in 1882, so it is possible the falls were found then. It is said that some of the earlier photographs of the falls were usually taken from the bottom of the Rogue River canyon.

This information and more can be found here.

Well, if you have made it this far, you are a trooper!

In all seriousness, I hope you found this blog post insightful. I know it is not your typical “art and culture” point of view, but I like to think that Art Around the Rogue looks for art and culture in all aspects of life, and this just so happens to be mine.

Thank you for reading, and I hope to catch you next time!

Wishing you all the best adventures in the culture around you,


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