Crossing the Rogue - John F. Fleming Memorial Park
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N 42° 25.862 W 123° 10.313
10T E 485861 N 4697649
Four placards reside within John F. Fleming Memorial Park and note the history of Rogue River as well as the nearby Depot Street Bridge.
Waymark Code: WMMBFY
Location: Oregon, United States
Date Posted: 08/26/2014
Published By:Groundspeak Regular Member ddtfamily
Views: 2

Residing within John F. Fleming Memorial Park, a wayside, are four placards noting the history of Rogue River as well as the nearby Depot Street Bridge. One placard reads:


This site has been an important Rogue River crossing since 1851, when Davis "Coyote" Evans began a ferry service. Evans' business, though short-lived, was one of the only three ferries to cross the Rogue River (over 200 miles long) - establishing this site as a settlement location.

Four bridges have spanned the river at this location in the last 100 years. With the changes in traffic volume and weight, each bridge was outgrown and replaced with a larger, stronger bridge. In 1910, with the dawn of the automobile and State Highway 99 along the south bank, this bridge crossing became the town's crucial link to the rest of the state. Today, while Interstate 5 has shifted the primary travel corridor to the north bank of the river, this river crossing continues to be the lifeline to smaller communities along the south side. Without it, neighboring communities would go without mail, food, supplies, and emergency services.

Historic Topic: Pioneer

Group Responsible for placement: City Government

Marker Type: City

Region: Southern Oregon

County: Jackson

State of Oregon Historical Marker "Beaver Board": Not listed

Web link to additional information: Not listed

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