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by Kyna Moser on 2020-10-12T15:18:42-07:00 in History | Comments

Medford, Oregon (October 12, 2020)—The popular historian and lecturer Jeff LaLande will present “History of Bear Creek: From Salmon Stream to Open Sewer and Back Again” on Wednesday November 4 from 12 Noon–1:00 p.m. via the Zoom video conferencing app. All are welcome to attend this free lecture, registration required. 

Bear Creek, the narrow ribbon of flowing water that divides the Rogue Valley, was never known for having crystal clear water due to turbidity from the volcanic clays of the slopes on the northeast side of the valley. But after White settlement of southern Oregon, Bear Creek’s water quality and quantity declined. The creek’s water was used for domestic water supply, for powering a saw mill, and irrigating crops. Periodic destructive floods caused huge losses of property and farmland. The creek also became a convenient dumping place for all manner of things, from household garbage to dead animals to industrial waste. In recent years, a concerted effort has helped bring Bear Creek back towards its natural condition and flow patterns.  

LaLande’s presentation features many historic photographs and interesting information about Bear Creek, from Native times to the present. 

Program registration can be found at A recording of the program will later be made available on the Jackson County Library Services YouTube channel; subscribe at  

The monthly Windows in Time lunchtime lectures feature well-known writers and historians, and bring alive the people, values, and events that shaped our Southern Oregon heritage. Lectures are jointly sponsored by the Southern Oregon Historical Society (SOHS) and Jackson County Library Services. For more information, please contact the Southern Oregon Historical Society at (541) 773-6536 or or Jackson County Library Services at 541-774-8679.

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