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Illahe: The Story of Settlement in the Rogue River Canyon

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Illahe presents the history of white settlement in the most isolated part of southern Oregon's rugged Rogue River Canyon, starting in the 1850s, based on the words of the people who lived there.<P>Author Kay Atwood creates a personal picture of what life was like in the remote canyon, drawing on first-person accounts from diaries, journals, and interviews she conducted with people who lived there in the early 20th and late 19th centuries — people who were often descendants of the first white settlers and Native Americans from the region. Their stories recount hardships, dangerous river travel, deadly floods, extreme winters, constant isolation, and the self-sufficiency required to survive in this wild, beautiful place.<P>In addition to artfully presenting the words of homesteaders, miners, and their descendants, Atwood has also gathered a treasure trove of approximately 160 photographs, supplemented by her own drawings and hand-drawn maps.<P>For anyone who has enjoyed the Rogue River canyon and wondered about the history of this national Wild and Scenic Rivers corridor, as well as for historians and other readers interested in pioneer history, oral history, and the settlement of southern Oregon, Illahe offers a captivating portrait of a truly unique time and place.

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JoCoHistory, December 20, 2012 (view all comments by JoCoHistory)
This book is a treasure trove of family history and stories.

If you had an ancestor who settled in the Rogue River canyon, this book is a MUST read!

You'll notice the type of people who settled in the Rogue River canyon on the Curry County side of Kelsey Creek were vastly different from those who took up residence on the Josephine County side.

The Curry County side was made up mostly of families who moved from the Klamath River area; miners who married Native American girls. They relocated to the Rogue River Canyon in search of a more sustainable way of life. They became self-sufficient, only having to purchase coffee and flour.

The Josephine County side was predominately single men searching for that elusive yellow stuff; gold. They had to hike in and out of their canyon home for all of their supplies.

"ILLAHE" is a great reference guide for the geography and history of the Rogue River canyon.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780870715396
Author:
Atwood, Kay
Publisher:
Oregon State University Press
Subject:
General
Subject:
United States - State & Local - General
Subject:
Americana-General
Edition Description:
Paperback
Publication Date:
20020131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
262
Dimensions:
8.9 x 5.8 x 0.7 in

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