"Toot, toot!" From across town, you hear the train whistle. You run over to the depot, getting there just in time to see the train glide to a stop. Passengers file out of the cars, and further down the rails, you see the railroad workers unloading pear packing boxes. You hurry over to the post office to check the mail, hoping for a letter from your favorite cousin on the East Coast. No such luck, so you stop at your father's store to inspect the new merchandise he'd just received.
“Rhythm of the Rails: The Golden Age of Railroading in Jackson County, 1890 -1926” will cover the exciting time of the railroad’s advent in Jackson County to the completion of the Natron Cutoff in 1926.
The exhibit opens at the Railroad Show at the Medford Armory on November 24-25, 10 am - 5 pm on Saturday and 11 am - 4 pm on Sunday. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, and $2 for children. On November 28, "Rhythm of the Rails" opens at the Ashland Historic Railroad Museum for December and January. The AHRM is hosting an opening reception for the exhibit on Saturday, December 1 at 6 pm.
"Rhythm of the Rails" is part of SOHS's History: Made by You innovative traveling exhibit program. This exhibit began with a public forum on passenger rail service in July. During that forum, attendees discussed their hopes for passenger rail returning to the Rogue Valley, and the discussion ended with participants choosing an exhibit topic. SOHS partnered with the Southern Oregon Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society and the Ashland Historic Railroad Museum to research, develop, and design the exhibit.
For more information on History: Made by You, contact Amy Drake at firstname.lastname@example.org or (541) 773-6536 ext. 1006.