Ashland Library, August 9th
Ashland and Medford, Oregon (July 12, 2017) —Southern Oregon has many mineral springs and hot springs throughout the region, that legends say were a favorite spot for the Native Americans and documented records show were very popular with the European settlers of this region. Hear librarian Amy Blossom share the accounts and stories of many of the hot and mineral baths at this month’s Windows in Time lecture, August 2 at the Medford Branch Library, 205 South Central Avenue, and August 9, at the Ashland Branch Library, 410 Siskiyou Boulevard, from 12 noon – 1:00 p.m. at both locations.
The geology of the area created the hot springs and mineral springs which have been used by many as restorative cures. Near the end of the 19th century and beginning of the 20th, settlers dreamed of luring people from all over the country to these unusual mineral springs. Hotels and dance halls were built near the springs, and the stage coach routes brought travelers to the region. Soaking for medicinal reasons, drinking the carbonated waters, enjoying the social aspects of the “fancy” hotels, people came from all over to take part in the public and private baths of Southern Oregon. The citizens of Ashland got in the act by bringing the lithia water to the center of town, developing large public pools, and tapping into the health craze around the waters. Hear more of the stories, the geology, and the history surrounding the bubbling, warm and mineral waters and the development that took place, then faded.
Amy Blossom recently retired after 40 years as a professional librarian, with 30 years at Jackson County Library Services as a reference librarian and Manager of the Ashland Branch Library. She has been on the Windows in Time coordinating board since it began in 2009.