Q: One of the plants that grows atop Southern Oregon’s Table Rocks grows nowhere else on earth – what is this plant?
A: The remarkable diversity of the Table Rocks includes a spectacular wildflower display of over 75 species from March until June, including the Dwarf Wooly Meadowfoam (Limnanthes floccosa ssp. pumila) which grows nowhere else on Earth but on the top of both Table Rocks.
Q: Lithia Park is the original site in Ashland of what famous theatre?
A: The park is also the original site of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival theater, which had its beginning in the old Chautauqua building in 1935. The Oregon Shakespeare Festival traces its roots back to the Chautauqua movement, which brought culture and entertainment to rural areas of the country in the late 19th century. Ashland's first Chautauqua building was erected in 1893, , and in 1905, the building was enlarged to accommodate an audience of 1,500. Families traveled from all over Southern Oregon and Northern California to see such performers as John Phillip Sousa and William Jennings Bryan during the Ashland Chautauqua's 10-day seasons. Today’s Elizabethan Theatre at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival is enclosed by the original walls of the Chautauqua building.
Q: Construction on the OC&E Railroad began in the summer of 1917 to take advantage of what natural resource opportunity?
A: Construction on the OC&E Railroad (also known as the Klamath Municipal Railway) began in the summer of 1917 as part of a grand scheme to connect Central and Eastern Oregon with rail lines and take advantage of timber opportunities. Logging camps with spur railroads sprang up almost overnight, and by 1919, four lumber mills were located on the main line. The region’s rich history is now enjoyed by visitors from around the world, as they experience the beauty of the Klamath region.