Illahe: The Story of Settlement in the Rogue River Canyon

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Oregon State University Press, Jan 1, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 251 pages
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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.

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.

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.

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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Nice detailed history of people in a beautiful stretch of Oregon. Read full review

Contents

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
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ILLINOIS RIVER TO KELSEY CREEK
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Klamath River Halverson Creek
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About the author (2002)

Kay Atwood was born in Bakersfield, California, and lived there until leaving to attend Mills College in 1960. She holds degrees from both Mills College (B.A. in theatre design) and the University of California, Davis (M.A. in theatre) and taught at a community college in California for four years after completing her degree work. In 1969, Kay moved to Ashland, Oregon, to work with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Soon thereafter, she started to prepare exhibits at the Southern Oregon Historical Society in Jacksonville and, since the mid-1970s, has devoted much of her time to consulting with agencies and municipalities and preparing cultural resource inventories, environmental histories, and National Register nominations. She also has written several books on local and regional history. During the late 1990s, Kay started research on the surveyors who came to the Oregon country in 1851 to work for the General Land Office to conduct that agency's first surveys in the Pacific Northwest. Chaining Oregon is one result of that research. When not working on consulting projects or writing books, Kay pursues what she refers to as her "long-neglected interests" in painting and gardening. In addition to their particular interest in establishing native plants on their property in Ashland, Kay and her husband, David, also enjoy exploring the history of Oregon and northern California.

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