The City of Rogue River's Centennial Year 

Written by Randy Johnson. The City of Rogue River, Oregon, celebrated its centennial year in 2012. Previously the river crossing in Southern Oregon was called Tailholt. In 1872 it was named Woodville after John Woods, and in 1912 the town council officially changed the name to Rogue River.

The town has had a colorful history. Long before Europeans arrived here -- at least 8,500 years ago -- there were Native American settlements in the region now called Oregon. In the early 1800s, the location of the future City of Rogue River became an important river crossing point. By the 1830s and 1840s it had became a regular stopover for trappers and traders traveling from Fort Vancouver on the Columbia River south to California along the Siskiyou Trail. Today's Interstate 5 traces the route of that trail, which was itself based on Native American pathways.

This video features the people, places, and events of the city's year-long celebration, "A Century of Hometown Pride." It's a time capsule; an exciting glimpse of a vibrant, American river community in the Pacific Northwest. It includes the Whiskerino Contest, the 59th Annual Rooster Crow, the Woodville Museum with its Native American and pioneering exhibits, beautiful aerial photography, the Ride the Rogue bicycling event, the grape harvest at Evans Creek Vineyard, segments on the riverside Rogue River Greenway, Palmerton Park, Wimer Bridge (one of only 50 remaining covered bridges in the State of Oregon), the Rogue River Fire Department, Mercy Flights, and the October 2 car-lift operation on the river by Waterway Recovery.

A year and a half in the making, Rogue River's Centennial Year was produced independently by videographer Randy Johnson.

Video, photography, writing, and narration by Randy Johnson
Produced by Randy Johnson

The City of Rogue River's Centennial Year
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