Ashland has been a regional hot spot for good living from the time the railroad first arrived in 1887. The Railroad brought people up and down the west coast in comfort. This allowed travel to be seen as recreation. The picturesque setting of Ashland blended with an appreciation of the niceties of life, and the romance was set in motion. When the passenger rail service was rerouted through Klamath Falls, Ashland fell into a deep slumber which ended up preserving much of its architectural character that is embodied in its neighborhoods and downtown. The arrival of the interstate I-5, reawakened access and replaced the contracting timber industry with full frontal tourism.
With local, homegrown, entrepreneurial spirit, Ashland has matured into a place to experience great food, theater, new film, locally inspired art and not to mention all the incredible outdoor pleasures that happen throughout the year. Summertime river trips, a stroll in Lithia park, mountain biking, and backpacking, skiing and then, the magic of renewal of spring, with its magnificent river flows. Within three hours of Ashland there are spectacular class V boating days, not to mention a multitude of scenic class IV rivers. The Illinois, the Smith Rivers, the Umpqua, Scott, Cal Salmon, Sacramento, McCloud, and don’t forget all the little creeks that brim only in spring.
What a great place to visit. What a great place to live.
About the Author
John Fields has lived in Ashland, Oregon since 1982 and owns Golden-Fields Construction & Design. A local leader in the sustainable building movement, Golden-Fields Construction has been providing residential and commercial construction in Southern Oregon for three decades. He is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys rafting the many rivers and creeks that are abundant just outside of Ashland.