Klamath Heritage: View of Klamath Falls c. 1908

Klamath Heritage: View of Klamath Falls c. 1908

Klamath County Museum’s first Photo of the Week for 2019 shows the view that most travelers would have seen as they arrived by stagecoach or wagon at Klamath Falls in the late 1800s and early 1900s, as they crested over the hill south of town on the Keno Road (now Riverside Drive). Most freight wagons making deliveries to Klamath Falls came by the same route, up Topsy Grade in the Klamath River canyon and through Keno.

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Museum Receives Donation of '28 Buick

Museum Receives Donation of '28 Buick

The Klamath County Museum has received the donation of a 1928 Buick automobile from Alan and Carol Eberlein of Klamath Falls.

The fully restored and operable vehicle becomes the fifth antique auto owned by the museum.

“This beautiful car has a long history in Klamath Falls, and we’re looking forward to displaying it for many years to come,” said museum manager Todd Kepple. “We’re very grateful to the Eberleins to entrusting its care to us.”

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Museum Receives Donation of Model T

Museum Receives Donation of Model T

The Klamath County Museum has received the donation of a 1915 Ford Model T automobile from John Wilcynski of Susanville, Calif. The fully restored and operable vehicle becomes the fourth antique auto owned by the museum.

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Klamath Heritage: Skating on Upper Klamath Lake

Klamath Heritage: Skating on Upper Klamath Lake

Locals were encouraged to take advantage of numerous alternative skating locations, including private ponds around the community and even the A Canal. In 1940 the city acquired land on the south shore of Upper Klamath Lake and created a lagoon that doubled as a boat harbor in summer and an ice rink in winter. Then in 1948 the city leveled a parcel of ground at Moore Park on the south side of Lakeshore Drive for an ice rink.

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Klamath Heritage: Ninth and Main c. 1960

Klamath Heritage: Ninth and Main c. 1960

Currin’s for Drugs at the corner of Ninth and Main streets is seen in the Klamath County Museum’s Photo of the Week for Dec. 16, 2018. The drug store opened May 27, 1922 in the corner space of the new Central Hotel building, and remained at the same address until about 1970, when it moved a few doors down Main.

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Registration Open for 12th Annual History Fitness Hike [UPDATED]

Registration Open for 12th Annual History Fitness Hike [UPDATED]

The Klamath County Museum’s 12th annual History Fitness hike has been rescheduled for Saturday, Dec. 8. Registration deadline for the event is Thursday, Dec. 6.  The hike was postponed from the past weekend due to weather. The event is designed to encourage outdoor exercise while exploring local history. The hike is free, but a donation is requested to defray expenses.

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Klamath Heritage: Klamath Falls Gospel Mission

Klamath Heritage: Klamath Falls Gospel Mission

Klamath County Museum’s Photo of the Week for Nov. 11, 2018, shows the Klamath Falls Gospel Mission at 823 Walnut Street in about 1965. A sign on the building reads, “If you haven’t a friend in this world you will find one here.”

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History Tour Offered in North Ridge Estates

History Tour Offered in North Ridge Estates

A walking history tour of the North Ridge Estates subdivision will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, by the Klamath County Museum.

The event is free and open to anyone interested. In the event of inclement weather, the tour will be postponed.

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Klamath Heritage: Weyerhaeuser Mill

Klamath Heritage: Weyerhaeuser Mill

Klamath County Museum’s Photo of the Week for Nov. 4, 2018, shows the Weyerhaeuser Company mill near Klamath Falls not long after it opened in 1929. With four headrigs (large saws for cutting old-growth timber), the plant was described as the largest yellow pine sawmill in the western United States.

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Traditional Klamath, Modoc Songs Subject of Program

Traditional Klamath, Modoc Songs Subject of Program

A program on traditional Klamath and Modoc songs will be presented at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, at the Klamath County Museum.

Museum Curator Niles Reynolds will examine samples of Native American music obtained by anthropologists at various points in time. The program is the third in a series of Klamath anthropological presentations by Reynolds at the museum.

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Klamath Heritage: 800 Block Main Street, 1965

Klamath Heritage: 800 Block Main Street, 1965

Klamath County Museum’s Photo of the Week for Oct. 28, 2018, shows the 800 block of Main Street in this photo taken in August 1965. 

Herman’s Men’s Wear and PayLess Drugs were fixtures in the 800 block of Main Street for many years. Sandwiched between the two was Karl’s Shoes. Found in the next block down Main was U.S. Bank, the Pelican Restaurant, Western Union, the Gun Store and the Tog Shop.

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History Hike to Explore Old Wagon Roads at Topsy Grade

History Hike to Explore Old Wagon Roads at Topsy Grade

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – A guided history hike in the Klamath River Canyon on Saturday, Nov. 3, will explore early wagon roads that were among the earliest transportation routes in Klamath County.

The hike, rated as difficult, is cosponsored by the Klamath County Museum, the Bureau of Land Management Klamath Falls Resource Area, and the Klamath River Four Wheel Drive Association.

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Workshop on Heritage Tourism Offered

Workshop on Heritage Tourism Offered

A workshop on promoting heritage tourism in the Klamath Basin and surrounding region will be offered Tuesday, Oct. 30, at the Klamath County Museum, 1451 Main St. in Klamath Falls. The workshop is free and open to anyone connected to the tourism industry. It will run from 9 a.m. to noon.

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Museum seeking Hispanic heritage information

Museum seeking Hispanic heritage information

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – The Klamath County Museum is seeking information on the history of Hispanic individuals and families who have lived or worked in the Klamath Basin in years past.

Three bilingual volunteers are working with the museum to gather information from past or present Hispanic residents of the area. They are particularly interested in gathering information from the 1960s or earlier.

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Museum Offers Free Admission Day, Tours

Museum Offers Free Admission Day, Tours

The Klamath County Museum will offer free admission and “back room” tours on Wednesday, Oct. 17, in celebration of Klamath County’s birthday.

Klamath County was established as a new Oregon county on Oct. 17, 1882, having been partitioned from Lake County.

Special museum hours on Wednesday will run from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tours of the museum’s archive conservation spaces and storage rooms will be offered at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

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Klamath Heritage: Klamath Falls c. 1905

Klamath Heritage: Klamath Falls c. 1905

This photo is relatively easy to date because of three large brick or stone masonry buildings that were erected that year. The Baldwin Hotel (originally a retail/office building) stood four stories above Main Street, making it the tallest commercial building in Southern Oregon at that time. Only the top two floors can be seen in this image. The Lakeside Inn blocks a view of the lower two floors of the Baldwin.

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‘Low Water Walk’ Offered on Link River Trail

‘Low Water Walk’ Offered on Link River Trail

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – A walking history tour of Link River will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, by the Klamath County Museum.

The walk will focus on river bed features exposed by the low water level of Upper Klamath Lake at this time of year.

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